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Tarboro DE Tyquan Lewis picks Ohio State

Posted September 20, 2012

— Tarboro defensive end Tyquan Lewis will play his college football at Ohio State he announced Thursday during a press conference at the high school.

Tarboro defensive end Tyquan Lewis verbally committed to Ohio State on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, during a press conference at Tarboro High School. Slideshow: Tyquan Lewis commits to Ohio State

At 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds, Lewis is ranked the No. 11 defensive end in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals.com. Lewis said his final choices came down to LSU, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

"I sat there and heard (Ohio State coach Urban Meyer) tell Tyquan that he has seen the speed that Tyquan brings off the edge in four football players that he's coached in college and all four of them were No. 1 draft picks and playing in the NFL," Tarboro football coach Jeff Craddock said in an interview last month. "He thinks he has the chance to be very, very special."

In a previous interview with HighSchoolOT.com, Lewis said his decision would ultimately come down to location and how comfortable he feels at the school.

Tarboro High School's football program has produced a consistent line of Division-I talent in recent years as they have won three consecutive state championships. Lewis becomes the second Vikings player in as many years to spurn in-state and ACC schools for programs in other BCS conferences.

Last season, running back Todd Gurley helped Tarboro to the 2A state championship where he earned Most Valuable Player honors before going on to play at Georgia.

Tyquan Lewis announces commitment to Ohio State Tyquan Lewis announces commitment to Ohio State


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  • I am not who you think I am Sep 20, 2012

    they'll redshirt him as a freshman and he will be practice fodder for the rest of his career at Ohio St. I just hope he stays in school and gets a great education

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 20, 2012

    The NC universities have to prove they can be contenders on a national level. Then the home-grown talent will be more likely to stay.

    It's kind of a catch-22 because if they would stay, then we could have the better teams that we need in order to convince them to stay. Unfortunately, we're going to have to keep improving without the best of our home-grown talent.

    It's a shame, really.

  • lec02572 Sep 20, 2012

    Too bad for in state schools again, but Ohio State is getting a awesome player. Good luck there and pack some really warm clothing.

  • BenFranklin Sep 20, 2012

    Like I said.....

  • heelbilly Sep 20, 2012

    another One gets away !!