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Analysis: Lewis good fit at LB

9/20/2012

When Ohio State picked up its 17th commitment from the 2013 recruiting class on Thursday in the form of Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) it nabbed an athlete born to play in Urban Meyer’s defensive scheme.

A standup defensive end, he’s the perfect hybrid to play linebacker as well.

What Lewis does more than anything, however, is win as the Vikings have captured three consecutive 2A state championships under his watch -- he has played in two of those title games -- and Tarboro headed into this weekend’s bye undefeated.

At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, the three-star Lewis is quick as well, running a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at The Opening over the summer. He also timed out at 4.41 in the shuttle run and has a 37-inch vertical leap.

That makes him ideal for the linebacking role, but when it’s all laid out on the table, Lewis really suits whatever defense Ohio State wants to employ, though his strength comes as a pass rusher.

In becoming a Buckeye, he is the first linebacker in the 2013 class or the first defensive end, depending on how he will be used.The guess here is he’s a linebacker.

With Etienne Sabino and Storm Klein leaving as seniors after the season, there is a very real chance Lewis could push Conner Crowell, David Perkins and Josh Perry for playing time next fall.

Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant seem locks to return to their starting positions at outside and middle linebacker, respectively, as the unit will once again be young next season.