Tyquan Lewis talks Wake Forest

Tyquan Lewis has helped Tarboro High School capture three straight North Carolina 2A state championships. A shade under 6-foot-4 and 220-pounds, Lewis caused plenty of havoc in opposing backfields coming off the edge of the defensive line in his junior season. College coaches have taken notice in Lewis' abilities. He goes into the off-season with seven offers to his credit.

"This year I moved back to defensive end," said Tyquan Lewis. "As a sophomore I played defensive tackle because we lacked guys who could play inside. I did a better job of letting the game come to me [this season].

"Last season I struggled with hand placement. I made better use of my hands and was able to get off my blocks easier and make some big plays for us."

Lewis was offered early by Duke, East Carolina, and Wake Forest. More recently, he's picked up offers from Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech.

"I'm looking to go to what I feel like is a great program," Lewis said. "To me, that's a place where the coaches invest their time in getting to know the players and not just focus on wins and losses.

"Education is important to me because no matter what happens on the field you can always have that degree.

"I'm not going to make [my decision] too complex. I'll probably go to the place I feel most at home."

Although he didn't get to Winston-Salem for a game this season, Lewis is high on Wake Forest and caught the Deacons on TV several times throughout the fall.

"I really like the head coach, Jim Grobe," Lewis stated. "They started off the season well, but lost some close games down the stretch. They're a team on the up and can keep getting better if they make some improvements this off-season.

"I've talked to Coach (Ray) McCartney and think I would work well in their system."

Out of the five Viking playoffs games, two were decided by two points and two were decided by three points. Lewis had two catches at the tight end position in the state final against Lincolnton for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Lewis put his name on the map in the 2010 state title game against Carver with nine tackles including two and a half for a loss. He also contributed during the Vikings' 2009 playoff run as a freshman.

Lewis was named 1st team All- Eastern Plains Conference (DL) as a junior. Currently, he's playing power forward on the Tarboro basketball team. He reports a 3.5 GPA. He is the eldest of four brothers in his family.

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