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.
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