August 9, 2011

Lewis makes it a dozen for the Bucks

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Just a week after receiving his offer from Ohio State, Pickerington (Ohio) Central wide receiver Roger Lewis made the call on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the 12th member of Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect chose the Buckeyes over offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, and West Virginia, among others. Lewis is the second receiver in the class for Ohio State, joining fellow Central Ohioan Frank Epitropoulos. In the end, Lewis just felt the most comfortable with the Buckeyes.

"I had pretty good choices," said Lewis. "Growing up in Columbus and just watching the Ohio State greats like Ted Ginn Jr. and Santonio Holmes and all of the other great receivers to go through there, it was just too hard to pass up Ohio State."

Lewis has been one of the fastest rising prospects in Ohio throughout the spring and summer as he dominated the off-season camp circuit. At the Ohio State senior advanced camp in June, Lewis put on arguably his best performance and caught the eye of the coaching staff. From that point on, it was clear that the Buckeyes wanted Lewis in this class.

Lewis gives part of the credit for his camp performances to close friend Eilar Hardy, a former teammate that is now at Notre Dame. Hardy and his father, Bill, have mentored Lewis throughout the recruiting process.

"At the beginning of all this recruiting stuff, I didn't go to camps or anything," Lewis said. "Bill Hardy, he's like a mentor to me and he's a cool guy. He just told me that I needed to go to certain camps so I was going out of town like every weekend and trying to get my name out and offers started coming in."

Next fall, Lewis will join three other former Pickerington Central standouts at Ohio State including Jamie Wood, Zach Boren, and current teammate Jacoby Boren. The comfort level of having former teammates on the roster was a major plus for Lewis.

"It's going to be pretty good," he said. "Whenever I need advice or anything, I can ask any of them. I think it's a very good thing."

Lewis is also the seventh player from the Columbus area to commit to the Buckeyes in the 2012 class and Lewis is excited to join some of his friends next fall.

"Frank (Epitropoulos) is my dude," Lewis said. "Warren (Ball) is my dude too, we played basketball with each other like way back so they're pretty good guys."

Lewis is the 26th ranked player in the class of 2012 Ohio Rankings.


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