Ohio State got some much welcomed good news on the recruiting trail this afternoon when Roger Lewis committed to the Buckeyes. Lewis, a wide receiver from Pickerington Central High School, became the twelfth commitment in this 2012 recruiting class.
I know I’ve touched on this before elsewhere, but Ohio State is taking a bit of a beating on the recruiting trail in 2012. It’s come up with a big donut on the bevy of talented defensive ends in the Buckeye State, losing the likes of Tom Strobel, Se’Von Pittman and Greg McMullen to Michigan, Sparty and Nebrasky respectively.1 That’s not even counting the departures of Kyle Kalis, Kyle Dodson to out of state programs. It’s mostly a function of Ohio State’s NCAA woes, culminating in the departure of Jim Tressel. No recruit wants to walk into a bad situation and players like Kalis and Strobel wanted to play for Jim Tressel. Ohio State could take wins where they can get them while using the recent silver lining as leverage on the recruiting trail for remaining prospects.
Enter Roger Lewis, who received his offer recently. Lewis is not highly regarded by the recruiting services. Neither was Devin Smith, for whom I’m very optimistic. Yet, Lewis didn’t have the offer sheet that Smith had, which included all the regional powers (including Notre Dame). Lewis’ next big offer was from up-start Arizona, a good offer that stood out from the garden variety MAC offers. Lewis is an unknown quantity for me. He only recently hit the camp circuit in earnest, realizing that’s the only way you get the scholarship offers. I’ll have to watch him a little more closely during his senior season.
Lewis gives Ohio State another receiver on top of Frank Epitropolous. The Buckeyes are still pursuing 2011 Under Armour All-American Michael Thomas. Lewis’ commitment constitutes part of a flourishing pipeline connecting Pickerington to Columbus. He joins Zach Boren, Jacoby Boren, Jamie Wood, and Patrick Elflein, all in the past three recruiting classes. All but Elflein are from Pickerington Central. Seven of Ohio State’s 12 commitments are from the 614 area code.
Film is below.
- Michigan also snatched Pharaoh Brown and Chris Wormley. [↩]