Tyquan Lewis talks recruiting

Tyquan Lewis, who was a major component in Tarboro High School's success in winning their third consecutive North Carolina 2A state championship, was one of the players in attendance for Wake Forest's Junior Day. The staff is trying to entice the 6-foot-4, 223-pound defensive end to come to Winston-Salem, but have plenty of competition. Lewis currently lists 11 offers.

"It was OK," Tyquan Lewis said of the visit. "I went up for the day with Lewis Neal, who plays at Wilson Hunt, to see what Wake Forest has to offer. We went to a basketball game, toured the campus, and then I sat down with the coaches for a little while. They talked to me about the three-four [defense] and what overall impact I could make in the program."

Lewis named Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Auburn, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, and South Carolina as school that have offered scholarships. Usually when there's that much smoke there's also fire, and Lewis feels more offers are likely coming.

"I was hoping to make an early decision," Lewis said, "but now I'm hearing from Ohio State, Rutgers, UConn, Florida, Alabama, Oregon, and LSU. There are some more. I get a lot of questionnaires to fill out.

"I've been to Junior Days at South Carolina, Auburn and LSU. I'll probably go to spring games at UNC and N.C. State."

Lewis was named First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference for his junior year performance. He's hoping to help the Vikings go four-for-four before he leaves to begin his college career.

"I always put my personal goals behind the team goals," Lewis stated. "All I want to do is to contribute and win another state championship. I think I play with good balance on the line. I use my hands well in getting off my blockers. I'm always flying around the field trying to find the ball carrier. My ball awareness is one of my best abilities."

At this point Lewis says he doesn't really have any favorites, but he has some ideas of what he's looking for when narrowing his choices.

"I'd like to be in a good location," said Lewis. "Not necessarily close to home, but just in a good overall location. Number one though is getting a quality education and number two would be finding a place I feel at home. I'm not looking too hard at defenses. I'll play bandit, defensive end, or whatever."

Lewis is throwing shot put and discus this spring for the Tarboro track team. He says he'd also like to try competing in the relay and sprint events to help boost his speed for football.

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