Ohio native ready to come south

Tennessee picked up its sixth commitment in four days after getting an exciting phone call from a defensive end out of Ohio. Sign in or subscribe now to see who.

Rattling the cage of the opposing signal caller can equal success for a football team at any level. One key to doing that is with an immense pass rush.

With an eye toward the future, Tennessee pursued a commitment of defensive end LaTroy Lewis.

The Volunteers got just want they needed when Lewis pulled the trigger Thursday afternoon.

"I've been pondering this decision and leaning strongly toward Tennessee for a couple weeks or so," Lewis told InsideTennessee.com. "Today is just the day I wanted to get it done."

Lewis is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound pass-rush specialist from Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio.

Scout.com ranks him as the No. 43 defensive end in the country and as a three-star prospect.

He passed news to Tennessee coach Derek Dooley just before the head guy took to the skies to return to Knoxville from SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

"I actually talked to him in the middle of Media Days before he hopped on the jet. He just told me he was excited for me to get down there and play for him. He let me know it wasn't just me making a commitment to the school, it's the school making a commitment to me," Lewis said.

Tennessee linebackers coach Peter Sirmon did a majority of the recruiting of Lewis.

"He was excited, really excited," Lewis said of his contact.

Lewis appears to have fallen in love with several aspects of Tennessee football.

"On my visit I loved the place, the people, loved the program," Lewis said. "It's a really good place for me as a player and as a person."

After milling over several offers, Lewis dwindled his list down to Tennessee and Notre Dame before choosing to bring his talents to Knoxville.

Lewis has already done his part in the classroom, carrying a 3.2 GPA with an ACT score of 22.

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