May 15, 2009

Lewis has the look

Over the past several seasons it has been Thad Matta and the Ohio State basketball program that has looked to the west into the state of Indiana as a recruiting ground more than Jim Tressel and the football program. The class of 2010 is a different type of animal however with the Buckeyes taking a look at Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis high school defensive back Isaiah Lewis.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder already has double digit offers and recently picked up offers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Oregon but the Buckeyes have also been keeping a close eye on the three star defensive back.

"They have come into my school and visited a little bit," Lewis said. "But I think they will (offer) sooner or later."

Ohio State has been busy in the Hoosier state with an offer to offensive lineman James Hurst (committed elsewhere) and to running back Roderick Smith (OSU holds a huge lead). Is this the year that Indiana is going to show the rest of the nation that it can turn out big time football prospects as well?

"We are definitely about to represent," Lewis joked.

Dick Tressel has made the trip to Lewis' school to check things out and even though Lewis is listed as a safety in most recruiting databases the Buckeyes see the talented defensive back filling another need on the field.

"They have told me that I would be playing corner if I went there and the reason they would put me at corner is because they like aggressive and physical corners," Lewis said.

Lewis is planning on heading to Columbus (Ohio) for the Ohio State senior advanced camp and like many recruits knows that a good showing could net him that elusive offer from the Buckeyes.

"They told me that if I perform well (at the camp) they most likely will offer me," Lewis said.

What would an Ohio State offer mean to Lewis in the grand scheme of things with so many other offers already on the table?

"I know that if I went there that I would have a chance to play but they do have a lot of people like me there," Lewis said. "I will really have to fight for my position but I am willing to do that so if I go there I think it would be pretty good for me."

But make no mistake that Lewis would like to see playing time early and feels that he is up to the challenge to compete for a spot.

"The best player plays but at the same time I want to go to a school where I know that I am going to play early," Lewis said. "I know I am going to do well wherever I go but just need some exposure."

Despite being ranked the No. 25th safety in the class of 2010 by Lewis knows that he has what it takes to make the move over to cornerback if that is where he ends up and has the abilities to be successful at the position but can still hold onto a couple of his traits learned at safety.

"I can recognize (the play) before it happens or while it is happening," Lewis said. "(I will be out there) flying around and hitting people. I would say that my best attribute is hitting, I am a player that delivers big blows on the field and that pumps my defense up when I do all of that."

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