COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Hybrid defensive end/linebacker Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) came to Ohio State a month ago, hoping to pass the eye test with the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Lewis did that and more, earning a committable offer at the camp on June 10.
At the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State, fans will be happy to know The Horseshoe passed the eye test with his mother, Tyronda Whitaker.
That’s a big step, as Lewis has gone on record saying he won’t come to a university without the consent of his mother.
While the 2013 recruit didn’t participate in the camp, he was very much a part of the event as he narrows his choices.
It’s no secret Ohio State and North Carolina are near the top of his choices along with LSU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Houston, but Friday went a long way with mom.
“She liked it a lot,” Lewis said. “It was her first time up. She liked the stadium. She said it was beautiful.
“It’s very important. If my mom’s not happy, I won’t come here. If my mom likes it, I’ll consider it. It’s a hard choice for her. She thought everything was beautiful.”
Lewis and Whitaker have a big day planned Saturday with Ohio State brass.
But it’s more about ABC's than X's and O's.
“[Saturday] we have everything set in place until about 3 o’clock and then we’ll hit the road,” Lewis said. “That’s when she gets the rest. I’m going to go on a campus tour. My mom, she’s more of an academics person and she’ll be speaking with academic advisers. I’ll be spending time with coach [Urban] Meyer and everything.”
The Buckeyes have been looking at the linebacker long and hard as no 2013 recruit has filled the position to date.
Lewis is a versatile athlete who can fill either a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive scheme at the college level.
He can bend the edge well, which is vital to the pass rush, but he also has the know-how to stand his ground against the run.
With an explosive first step, his strength as a pass-rusher would be invaluable to the Buckeyes defensive scheme.
As for decision time, that’s around the corner, too, as Lewis wants to have everything wrapped up soon.
“I’m just going to let things happen,” he said. “I’ve thought about [my decision] a lot, but right now it’s looking like September or somewhere around there.”