The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 7, 2013

Lewis leaves to begin college career at OSU

Sports Correspondent
Van Holland

TARBORO — Tarboro Vikings big 6-foot-3 defensive end Tyquan Lewis has left to embark on his next journey in life. He is now a college student at Ohio Sate. Lewis left Saturday after the Vikings awards banquet to head north to become a part of the Buckeye nation. Lewis didn't leave empty handed though, because he was given numerous awards at the banquet by the coaching staff.

"I am very excited about my next step in life," Lewis said. "I am purpose driven and want to accomplish my next goal in life and that is playing in college."

Lewis said his career at Tarboro meant a lot to him, because he grew up as a player and learned so much about the game of football and life.

"I learned so much and especially about being a role model," Lewis said. "So many things have happened over the years that have led to success for me. I am blessed to have been a part of this program."

Lewis was pleased with his so-called last gathering with his team in high school. He was named the teams Defensive MVP.

Lewis was a force to be reckoned with on the gridiron while at Tarboro. He put up some very impressive numbers on the defensive side of the ball. He made a name for himself during his sophomore season at the defensive end spot. He was at the opposing teams quarterbacks feet quite a bit during the season. In the state championship game in 2010, he came alive and was the quarterbacks worst nightmare. Lewis hit the quarterback on almost every other play during that game. After that game, his name began to surface around college coaches.

In September, Lewis made his final decision and chose to play for Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer saw Lewis workout for the university last summer and was pleased with what he saw. Meyer said Lewis was one of the fastest players he had seen come off of the edge of the line in a long time. The others he had seen like that were top picks in the NFL draft.

"I am excited about being able to play for coach Meyer," Lewis said. "Coach Meyer's number one goal for me is just coming in and being ready to go. He and I know I have big shoes to fill so I have to be ready."

Lewis is looking forward to making a name for himself at Ohio State and in the college ranks and wants to work as hard as possible so he can earn as much playing time as possible during his freshman season.

He has a personal goal set and that is to graduate from college in three years.