Lewis Earns OSU Staff's Respect

Tarboro, N.C., linebacker Tyquan Lewis new he wanted to leave a lasting impression on the Ohio State coaching staff with a big performance in Sunday's camp. Lewis was successful in doing that and he left town with the a reward for a big performance.

When Tarboro, N.C., linebacker Tyquan Lewis stepped onto the field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday, he knew he had something to play for.

Ohio State had already expressed interest in him, but the three-star defender knew he had to perform well enough to leave a lasting impression on the Buckeyes staff. He was successful in doing so, as he left Columbus with a committable offer from Ohio State.

"It was non-committable before," Lewis said when describing the offer he had from the Buckeyes heading into the weekend, "but today (they gave me committable one). It means a lot. I have to get my mom back up here and we are going to sit down and discuss this and talk academics and things like that and see how everything is."

Rated by Scout as the No. 61 defensive end in the country, the 6-4, 220-pound prospect has seen his recruitment take off in the recent weeks.

With offers from programs like Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and others already to his name, the most recent offer from Ohio State is just more verification that he is one of the most coveted defenders in the nation.

Though Lewis isn't sure when he'll narrow down his list, the Buckeyes continued to leave the lasting impression they began making long before he ever showed up on campus in June.

"When they first came at me I knew with the new program and coach Meyer coming in, it is just going to be amazing," Lewis said. "I expect to win, I won three years in a row and I am going for my fourth and if I come here, if that's the case, I expect to come and win, or if I go elsewhere, I just want to win.

"Ohio State is up there pretty high now. I loved it. It was a great visit. I don't want to make a decision based on a place I've never been, so that was another reason that I came up here. (The facilities) are top notch. Everything is nice here."

Other programs that pique Lewis' interest are LSU and Ole Miss and the defensive end said he'd like to plan a visit to Baton Rouge to become more familiar with the Tigers. Lewis, however, hasn't secured an LSU offer yet.

Though Lewis did admit that distance could be a factor in his eventual decision, Ohio State has made strides in recruiting North Carolina with the addition of Everett Withers to the staff. Before joining the Buckeyes, Withers was the interim head coach at North Carolina in 2011.

Ohio State secured a commitment in the 2012 class from North Carolina prospect Jamal Marcus. The Buckeyes followed that trend in the 2013 class with a commitment from Lewis Neal of Wilson (N.C.) James Hunt, but Neal later decommitted. Ohio State, however, is still involved in Neal's recruitment.

While in town for the camp, Lewis took a tour of the campus and saw Ohio State's library and the student recreation center (RPAC).

"It was probably one of the best visits I've taken," Lewis said.

Lewis will continue to take his recruitment slow while evaluating his options with his family. A commitment, however, could be issued sooner rather than later because Lewis hopes to graduate high school early.

"I want to enroll early so I can get the early exposure and get in the weight room and gain some more weight," Lewis said.

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