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Lewis Neal on Ohio State commitment

Lewis Neal saw the perfect position at Ohio State. They call it the Viper.

The Viper position is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end spot that will allow Ohio State's recent commitment to do it all on defense: rush the passer, play the run and play the pass.

“That's like an NFL-type defensive end,” the linebacker from Wilson (N.C.) James B. Hunt said when asked about his commitment to Ohio State this weekend. “I'm very excited. Just because I get to work on what I need to work on to get to the next level after college. I want to make my dreams come true.”

Lewis is so intent on preparing himself for the NFL, he chose Ohio State partly because it wasn't close to home.

“When you go to the NFL you have to grow up and be a man,” Lewis said.

Lewis didn't necessarily plan on committing during his visit to Columbus this weekend but certainly had an inclination to do so if everything went well.

“I just loved every thing about it when I was there,” he said of the visit. “I had a feeling. When I got there, it was just blowing me away. I was signing autographs and I haven't even done anything yet. The fans are great.”

Neal was also pleased that Ohio State could provide his major, kinesiology, and enjoyed meeting head coach Urban Meyer. However, the national championship-winning coach wasn't the primary reason he chose the Buckeyes.

“I'm not going to a school for a coach,” Neal said. “I'm going to a school for a school...I like the school and the fanbase.”

Neal said he will sign with Ohio State intent on winning a national championship and/or playing in the Rose Bowl.

“Right now, it's looking like in a few years,” Neal said, “Ohio State's going to be on the map.”