June 14, 2009

Lewis makes his case

There will be several players making it to Ohio State's camps hoping to play their way into a Buckeye offer. One of those players made an appearance at Sunday's senior advanced camp in Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis HS safety Isaiah Lewis. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder already has double digit offers and is a fast riser on the charts of many programs.

Most people don't envision too many sub-6 foot safeties but when they get a chance to see Lewis step on the field or watch his tape they are fast believers that he has what it takes.

Lewis saw his afternoon cut short when he went down on a play during one-on-ones when he hyper-extended his knee but the three star product still had a good attitude after a disappointing end of the day.

"I liked the camp so far and I think I did well," Lewis said. "Unfortunately my knee got messed up."

Before the injury Lewis was one of the best looking athletes out in his position drills and he turned almost every head on the field when he ran his 40's. The slower of his two attempts was a 4.48 second run but his quicker time was more impressive than that.

"I ran a 4.40 out there," Lewis said. "I was running (laugh)."

The Buckeyes have not offered Lewis to date but were very interested in getting him in and see what he could do under the eyes of the entire staff. Lewis had the chance to work out with the cornerbacks to show what he would be able to do in coverage.

"They told me that if I can show that I can flip my hips and stay with my receiver and I can pretty much get an offer," Lewis said. "I think that I did that before I got hurt."

It is too soon to tell what the coaches thought of his performance on Sunday but the talented Indiana high school star isn't feeling the pressure.

"If they don't offer me then I have nothing to worry about because I have 13 more offers," Lewis said.

But Lewis has maintained that if the Buckeyes do offer that they would be a program that he would take very seriously and while it would be a long shot to say that he would commit on the spot, an offer would certainly give Lewis plenty to think about.

"I am just going to chill and see what happens," Lewis said.

Overall it was a good day for Lewis (injury aside) and there was no doubt in his mind that he is following the right path on the football field.

"I can still get better but I found out that I am a good football player and I have been working hard and my work has been paying off," Lewis said.

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