Lewis Makes Seventeen

By Alex on September 20, 2012 at 4:00p
76 Comments

Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro (NC) came up to Columbus in June to make his non-committable offer a committable one and accomplished his mission with an outstanding camp performance.

A little over a month later, the 6-4/227 hybrid linebacker-defensive end made a return trip to Ohio State, this time for Friday Night Lights, bringing his mother up to show her what he loved so much about the university and football program.

After much deliberation between the two, it looks like Urban Meyer passed the test with mom, as Lewis has given a verbal pledge to Meyer and his staff, making him the seventeenth commitment overall and first linebacker in Ohio State's recruiting class of 2013.

While he excels as a defensive end for three-time state champion Tarboro, Tyquan is expected to move to linebacker and play the Viper position (linebacker who plays at the line of scrimmage).

He chose the Buckeyes over other finalists including UNC, LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Vanderbilt, and also held offers from Clemson, Duke, South Carolina, NC State, ECU, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Auburn. 

The pick up of Lewis is a big one for Ohio State, as he becomes the first in a linebacker class that has been up and down throughout this recruiting period. With Lewis now in the fold, the Buckeyes can move on to pursue Mike Mitchell as the second linebacker for 2013, as well as fill other positions of need and focus on closing out the remaining (and limited) spots in the class.

For more on the Lewis commitment and other news coming at you this weekend, be sure to continue to come back and check 11W for the latest buzz in the recruiting world.

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Grayskullsession's picture

Gray Box of Victory!!!!!
Welcome to tOSU Lewis.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

OhioKris's picture

2:39
the only part of that video you need to see
wow

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Time to push for Mitchell and McMillan in the 2013 class... Any chance Mitchell commits on his visit to OSU?

rampageripster's picture

Mitchell, maybe, if we are truly his final visit

Cause I couldn't go for three

Alex's picture

I think right after his visit to OSU he will be a Buckeye

Larryp713's picture

In Alex we trust, for all things recruiting. Truly thanks for you commitment to sharing recruiting news as it happens, as well as your interviews, Alex. You are the best I have read for Buckeye recruiting!

Respectfully,

Larryp713

osu07asu10's picture

Isn't McMillan 2014?

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I'm talking about Daniel McMillan the soft verbal to FL who has interest in the Buckeyes... But I'd love to have Raekwon McMillan too. 

osu07asu10's picture

Ah yes...sorry my recruiting acumen has dipped since the start of the season. I'll take ALL McMillans

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Alex's picture

well Daniel is McMillian and Raekwon is McMillan (no i)

osu07asu10's picture

Alex..FTW...seriously slacking on my recruiting right now...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

My bad for the spelling mishap...

Squirrel Master's picture

Sounds like a 1980's private eye show! McMillan and McMillan!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Jeremy91's picture

Yeah buddy!! Go Bucks!

"Do not pray for an easy life. Rather, pray for the the strength to endure a difficult one" - Bruce Lee

phxbuck's picture

I have missed the grey box dearly, welcome Tyquan. 

Buckeyes125's picture

Gray Box!!!! Oh I have missed you so much!!!
Lewis is a GREAT pickup for the Buckeyes. Perfect player for the "Viper" position (DE/LB)
This is one step closer to a future dominate defense like the current Bama or LSU, or the past Buckeye and Florida defenses!!
#SilverBullets

osu07asu10's picture

Welcome to Columbus Tyquan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

JasonR's picture

You must have had that one ready to go with your finger on the button! Nice work, and happy to have Lewis on board.

dubjayfootball90's picture

YEA BUDDY!!!! WELCOME TYQUAN!!!!

LadyBuck's picture

Great pick up for the Bucks! Hopefully Mitchell will commit, and convince his brother to, as well. Congratulations on your choice and welcome to The Ohio State University and BuckeyeNation.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Welcome to tOSU Prime Time Lewis!
I love the fact this guy was coveted by many of other high profile programs and tOSU got him!
 
Come on let's go get Mitchell!

JasonR's picture

Love this:

Buckeyes125's picture

Off topic, but when is Mitchell visiting. Nebraska, Michigan?

Alex's picture

hearing likely one of those two games

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Gray box!!  Welcome to The Ohio State University Tyquan!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Hogan1's picture

check out the hit at the 2:40 glad hes a Buckeye

Buckeyejason's picture

Congrats and welcome! 
How does he see the field though with Spence probably staring the next 2-3 years, with possibly Josh perry or Jamal Marcus behind him?

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyes125's picture

As the SEC as shown to us, and what Urban Meyer has said, it is all about depth in the front 7. That is how you win championships! I am sure he will see the field!!

WezBuck28's picture

YEEEEEEHAWW!!! Let the tailback wrangling begin!!!

Larryp713's picture

Welcome Tyquan! Cannot wait for his terrorism of Michigan QBs! I wish him all the best.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

Boxley's picture

I have seen his heigth listed as 6'2", 6'3", and 6'4", can anyone let us know what it really is, just a pet peeve.
Another great acquistion to the defense.
 
 

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Buckeyejason's picture

Guys are usually the shortest of all of their listings. Id bet he's closest to 6'2".

BUCKEYES BABY!

Alex's picture

supposedly 6-3 is legit and 6-4 would be the listing...either way as a VIPER that wouldn't matter...he has close to a 7-foot wingspan :)

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

A gray box we can be happy about.  Did a little fist pump at the office.  Welcome to the Buckeye family Tyquan!

Class of 2010.

osu07asu10's picture

Almost knocked a monitor off my desk with my best TW impression...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Great news. Thanks, Tyquan, we're glad your mom liked it here too. Sure she's very proud today.

Boom777's picture

Hellz ya! Thats's hella koo! Welcome aboard 
 

Wherever you are, there you be!

Larryp713's picture

Good looking kid and a happy Mom. Welcome to Buckeye nation, Tyquan. May the odds ever be in your favor (the result of too many HS kids!)

Respectfully,

Larryp713

cinserious's picture

Lookin' real good in that Buckeye uniform and once those young Lewis kids see home much Tyquon beasts-out at Ohio St. they will become future Buckeyes too!

Gone ham, be back soon...

Poison nuts's picture

Nice!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Awesome news!
Thanks for the pic, Buckeyes125. That image suggests to me that he's real quality kid.

jestertcf's picture

per twitter his mother was very much of the recruiting process. He seems like a real grouded kid.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

Ohiothomas1's picture

Yay! I personally believe this Lewis is better than the other Lewis, and will make a bigger impact at Ohio State than the other Lewis would have.

Buckeyes125's picture

Agreed. I was never high on Lewis Neal

Scarlatina's picture

Question:  Assuming that OSU doesn't have any transfers, or early draft entries this year. How many more scholarships are left for the Class of 2013?

Buckeyes125's picture

I would say 4 or 5.

Alex's picture

Right now we're at 17...we technically have room for 18....if one or both of Hankins/Roby goes prob that is 19 or 20...assume attrition for 1-2 guys and that is your 22 or so....I say 4 more spots

thatlillefty's picture

no way Roby leaves after this year... kid can play but he's still just a redshirt soph
just my 2 cents... keep up the good work Alex

Hayze's picture

Also heard rumblings from a certain insider sight that Ty Williams is probably on his way out (most likely to Kent). That would free up yet another opening.

ODEEZ330's picture

alright alright alriiight lol

O'Deez330
stark county football

buck-I.8's picture

yo gon learn today

cajunbuckeye's picture

It's a good day to be a Buckeye. That hit on the kickoff makes me happy.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

UncleBuck's picture

Who is currently playing viper?

Buckeyejason's picture

Simon, Nate Williams, Spence, Steve Miller.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Alex's picture

Actually they all play LEO...we don't have a VIPER right now although I think Josh Perry or Jamal Marcus can become one...LEO is a DE who drops into coverage, VIPER is a LB who plays with his hand down at the line at times

Defend Youngstown's picture

Correct, Bobby Carpenter was the last true Viper we had.

Buckeyejason's picture

Ahhh...I kinda thought they were the same thing, thanks for clarifying. What makes you think we will suddenly use the viper position comsidering we haven't used it since 2005? 
Also, I have seen Nate Williams and John Simon with their hand in the dirt plenty of times when they were playing Leo, same with Thad and Vernon..probably why I thought viper and Leo were the same thing.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Conroy's picture

Assuming everyone from this year sticks we've signed nine defensive linemen in the past two years.

PierogyJim's picture

<3 Tyquan <3 love uuuuuuuuuu

Buckeyejason's picture

^ Dude seriously? I hope you're his Mom or something.

BUCKEYES BABY!

PierogyJim's picture

Yes, I seriously love Tyquan Lewis.
 
=|      Naw....
 
No wait, really....
 
I LOVE YOU TYQUAN <3 <3 

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Bucknuts, Rivals and Ozone.net reported Lewis as a 4-star recruit. ESPN's crawl today called him a 3-star. Does ESPN still have their hate for the Buckeyes?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Scout also has Lewis as a 3*. Do you think Scout hates OSU too?

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Maybe ESPN and Scout just don't know how to evaluate talent.

dja.ohio's picture

Congratulations to Tyquan! 

Squirrel Master's picture

Quick and looks powerful. I lik the technique and see him dominating a side of the line. 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

petebuc52's picture

Congrats Mom and son...Good luck to you as a future Buckeye!

rjsmitty's picture

We should dub this one Tyquan "Praying Mantis" Lewis due to his very unique stance. Welcome aboard Tyquan!

penult's picture

Just watched video of his announcement. Can't help but feel happy for that kid. Best of luck to him. 

cinserious's picture

His pre-snap stance just looks like a viper waiting to strike. The way he sheds blockers and stops the run is impressive. He'll be a helluva sack artist too! Good job Tyquan for choosing the best university out there for academics, tradition, putting guys in the LEAGUE, and now under Urban Meyer good ole fashioned ass-whoopins! You will soon be rewarded with 'MULTIPLE' national championships and with your hard work put in, a tour in the NFL! Welcome proud Buckeye!

Gone ham, be back soon...

Poison nuts's picture

That tape is pretty damn good...

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

BME_Buckeye's picture

I've never seen someone do that with their hands.... Nice pick up. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.