Buckeye Nation has grown stronger as the quest for an elite defensive line has taken another step in the right direction. The Buckeyes and Coach Urban Meyer have landed commitment #17 of the 2013 class from DE Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro High School in Tarboro, NC. Lewis announced his commitment this afternoon from his high school on his team’s bye week but has been ready to make the call for a few weeks now. Buckeye DB coach, Everett Withers, has a connection to the state of North Carolina; and that connection has continued to pay off as the Buckeyes land their first prospect from the Tarheel State in the 2013 class. The Buckeyes brought in one NC prospect in the ’12 class in DE/OLB Jamal Marcus, and now OSU has received the commitment of another defensive stud from Withers’ old stomping grounds.
The consensus 4* Lewis plays as standup DE in high school, so the immediate impact of his commitment has to be in his ability to bring athleticism to the Buckeye line. Watching Lewis’ Junior Year Highlights, his pass-rushing skills are most notable. Lewis does a good job getting leverage while rushing the passer which is an area that the Buckeye defense has had struggles with over the past few seasons. He uses his excellent hands to break away from blockers but also can dip his shoulder and turn the corner on a tackle when rushing the passer. Lewis’ aggressiveness and high motor are notable as well.
The 2012 Buckeye defensive line recruiting class was very solid and has proven that this staff knows how to recruit defensive linemen. The 2013 class is following up very nicely and is getting Buckeye fans excited about the possibilities of the future. The depth at DT is solid with Tommy Schutt and Adolphus Washington, and the 2013 class already has a few studs to add to the mix inside with Michael Hill and Billy Price. Lewis joins Joey Bosa and Tracy Sprinkle as 2013 Buckeye DE’s, and the group seems to be very solid with Bosa and Sprinkle seeming to play similar roles as Washington and Pittman did in the ’12 class. Moving Washington to the inside has brought athleticism to the interior of the line. Pittman will more than likely line up at the strongside DE with star, Noah Spence, playing the Leo/Weakside DE. Lewis appears to be the Weakside DE of the ’13 class, so he’ll have solid talent to compete with as he and Spence should battle for reps.
Many times players move once they get to college, so Lewis could end up at the strongside DE or even at OLB. I think he is almost definitely a defensive end rather than a LB, so I’d be surprised if he ended up playing LB. I think the Leo position is also a possibility for Lewis especially since he’s already playing as a standup DE. Nathan Williams has been the most successful Leo player the past few years for the Buckeyes, and he will graduate this year; so this could be the goal position for Lewis. Wherever he ends up, I really like how he adds depth to this defesnive line. This line is continuing to stock up with quality talent, and Lewis is another great athlete that will get after it for the Silver Bullet line. The Buckeyes appear to be primed for special things to come from this unit in the near future.
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