July 31, 2011
Lewis plans to visit
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One of the top in-state prospects left on Ohio State's board is Pickerington (Ohio) Central wide receiver Roger Lewis. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect is the number 26 ranked prospect in the BuckeyeGrove.com Ohio class of 2012 rankings. Lewis was supposed to make an unofficial visit to campus last week but due to scheduling conflicts, will now be making the trip sometime in the next few days.
"I'll be going Monday or Tuesday," said Lewis. "I talk to coach (Stan) Drayton almost every day. I haven't talked to coach Fickell yet but he talks to my head coach and we're just trying to pick a day that works for everybody. They really want me to get down there."
Lewis has been to Ohio State multiple times already and has seen everything the football program has to offer. This visit would be centered more around getting to know the coaches better and also getting a feel for the academic side of things.
"I already know they have good facilities and everything," he said. "I'm just going to go there and have them show me around some of the classrooms and see how that goes."
Unofficial visits at this time of the year can often lead to an offer and with Lewis impressing the coaches in June at the senior camp, an offer here certainly wouldn't be a surprise.
"I know they would be one of my top schools (if they offered)," Lewis said. "I don't really have the schools in positions right now but they would definitely be one of the top schools."
Lewis is closing on a decision as he wants to get the recruiting process over with before his senior season begins. While Lewis hasn't officially narrowed his list, there are a handful of schools that currently sit at the top for the gifted receiver.
"West Virginia, Cincinnati, Oregon, Arizona, and Ohio State," said Lewis, when asked if he had any favorite schools. "Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, there's been a lot of schools (also showing interest)."
With a decision likely coming in the next two or three weeks, Lewis is just looking for the best fit in terms of his relationship with the coaching staff.
"I'll probably decide off of how the coaches are and making sure that I can get along with them the next four years," he said.
While Ohio State is the hometown school, another school that will be right in the mix for his services is Cincinnati. Lewis' sister plays for the Lady Bearcats' basketball team.
"She talks to me a lot about Cincinnati so that would be sweet to go to Cincinnati," he said. "She doesn't really push me though, she just says wherever I feel comfortable going."
On the field, Pickerington Central is loaded for a playoff run this fall and opens the season in two of the biggest high school football showcases in the nation in the Crosstown Showdown and the Herbstreit Varsity Football Series.
"We've got two big games coming out and I just want to get this recruiting stuff over and help lead my team," he said. "We want to win the state championship."
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