Tyquan Ties Himself to The Buckeyes
By Michael Chung
Ever since Tyquan Lewis’s O-zone interview in early August, O-zone readers and myself felt that his OSU verbal commitment was inevitable. He told Ozone that his Ohio State interest was high and that he formed strong relationships with coaches Vrabel and Withers. Vrabel especially, whom he talks to two times a week.
“I talk to coach Vrabel on the phone twice a week.” Lewis said, “ I also receive cards and communicate via Facebook.”
Justin Hite of the Rocky Mount Telegram writes: There wasn’t anything specific that drew Lewis to Ohio State. He said it was the total package, but then mentioned one man.
“Coach (Mike) Vrabel was more than a coach,” Lewis said.
Vrabel is the defensive line coach at Ohio State but won three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. . .
“He was more than a coach. He was a mentor. He was a father-figure to me,” Lewis said. “He said, ‘If you come here, I can always be by your side.’”
It was clear in Ozone’s August interview and it was clear September 20 that Vrabel was instrumental in drawing Lewis away from his mother and three younger siblings, out of the beautiful Tar Heel state 10 hours north to Ohio. Clearly, Meyer and Vrabel put a bull’s-eye on Lewis’s chest and really wanted to have him.
Enamored and infatuated with the defensive line, Meyer saw something in Lewis he has only seen in four previous players. Nick Stevens of highschoolot.com writes: Tarboro coach Jeff Craddock recalls listening to a conversation between Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Lewis.
"I sat there and heard him tell Tyquan that he has seen the speed that Tyquan brings off the edge in four football players that he's coached in college and all four of them were No. 1 draft picks and playing in the NFL," Craddock said. "He thinks he has the chance to be very, very special."
At 6-4, 225 lbs., this viper defensive end/linebacker hybrid possesses speed off the edge that will make opposing players rue the day they set foot on the same field.
One thing that tipped me off to Tyquan’s commitment in August was his detail in describing the “viper” position that is a hybrid of the DE and LB made famous by Bobby Carpenter. Lewis already knew that is where OSU wanted him and seemed genuinely interested to play the position. He told Ozone: “Viper position, it is a combination of Defensive End and Linebacker.”
It is clear that the coaches at Ohio State think Tyquan can be a very special player.
But does Lewis only bring athletic prowess? Does he possess other intangibles? Tyquan’s high school football coach—Jeff Cradock— may offer some insight, Nick Stevens writes: "He brings a good sense of leadership," Craddock said. "He brings a lot, he's been blessed with great speed and size and talent, and he does the work in the classroom.
Urban Meyer’s first two OSU classes are clearly heavy on the defensive line. Tyquan Lewis is another addition to a team that is destined for championships. If football is won in the trenches and Urban Meyer’s mantra of ‘a football team is only as good as the defensive line’ is true, then adding a player like Tyquan Lewis will enhance the Buckeyes chase for the crystal.
You can watch his announcement here.
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