September 12, 2010

Lewis still impressed with Ohio State

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Saturday was not only a big day for Ohio State football when you put it into the here and now with many of the state's best and brightest of the future in attendance for the game against Miami (Fla.). The class of 2012 is going to be absolutely loaded at the defensive end position within the borders of the Buckeye state and Akron (Ohio) Hoban end LaTroy Lewis promises to be one of the top targets in the state for many college programs from across the nation.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder was one of dozens of players to be in the stands to watch the Buckeyes take down the Hurricanes 36-24 in front of a packed house on Saturday late afternoon and Lewis enjoyed the experience at Ohio Stadium even though it was not his first trip ever to the 'Shoe.

"It was a good game and that is the main focus in getting to see them play," Lewis said. "I like the intensity and emotions before the game."

Lewis has had the opportunity to check things out before and is no stranger to the Ohio State program. He also was a camper over the summer at the Buckeyes' senior advanced camp and has already started to form relationships with the Ohio State coaching staff and has become a big fan of a lot of things that they do.

"I went down there a few times last year and I like the game preparation," Lewis said. "I really like the points of emphasis they have for the game. They just do some nice stuff down there."

The class of 2012 will be a small one by all accounts based on the number of available scholarships and the Buckeyes have already locked up two spots in the class with commitments from Josh Perry and Warren Ball. Lewis had a chance to spend time with friends that he has made during his high school career but could very well be battling with them for limited spots in the class here sooner rather than later.

"I got to sit next to Greg McMullen, our seats were right next to each other," Lewis said. "I also spent time with Tom Strobel from Mentor, he is another defensive end in our class. I also hung out with Christopher Wormley and Adolphus Washington because we all got pretty close at the Ohio State camp over the summer and it was really good to see all of them."

With such a big game on tap there wasn't too much time for any of the players on unofficial visits to spend much time with the coaching staff but Lewis did have a chance to say a couple of hellos.

"I got to talk to the coaches a little bit before the game but it was kind of a, 'Hey, how you doing,' type of thing," Lewis admitted.

Lewis currently is not offered by the Buckeyes but there are not many people out there that believe an offer will not be coming at some point.

"I am not totally sure but I am getting the impression that they would like to offer me soon," Lewis said. "I think they want me to be that stand-up rush end."

The NCAA has recently passed legislation in attempts to slow down the recruiting calendar by limiting when official written offers can go out to prospects but while that may have only stopped down when a piece of paper goes out it doesn't change the intent of schools to try and lock up top targets early. Lewis has the skills and the game to be a top flight player and plenty of schools have taken notice.

"A lot of schools would like to see me play something like that or maybe some linebacker too but I am still a little iffy on that," Lewis said. "It is really coming now that September 1st has passed. I am hearing a lot from Alabama, Notre Dame, Cal, UCLA, Oregon, LSU, West Virginia, Virginia. Pretty much most of the Big Ten and the SEC."

Lewis would like to make more unofficial visits during the season but has not set up any as of yet. The defensive star is not ready to put together any sort of list of favorites but is confident when that list comes out that the Buckeyes will be on the list of five schools or however many he decides to go with when the narrowing process begins.


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