Sunday, July 11, 2010

THE WHOLE NINE — AKRON HOBAN DEFENSIVE END LATROY LEWIS

AKRON — Akron Hoban junior LaTroy Lewis may look like a grizzly bear out on the football field, but the big defensive end gets off the edge with the swiftness of a gazelle.

(right, Lewis)

The 6-foot-4, 230 pound youngster from northeast Ohio is one of the top defensive players in the Buckeye State for the class of 2012.

In 2009 — Lewis' sophomore season — the Akron product seemed to be in the backfield more often than the opposing quarterback, recording eight sacks and 14 tackles for losses. His stellar play earned himself All-North Coast League first team honors.

The rising star is already getting some attention from collegiate scouts and coaches throughout the country, and with his recent performance at the OSU Position Camp, those numbers should continue to grow tremendously.

Lewis took time on Sunday to take part in The Buckeye Times edition of "The Whole Nine" — nine questions that give Buckeye fans a little more insight into the player, both on and off the field.

The Buckeye Times: Where does Ohio State stand for you right now in terms of interest?
LaTroy Lewis: It's a little early, but OSU is in the top three for me.

TBT: What is it about Ohio State that you like?
Lewis: I like the proximity from home. And I like how the whole organization is like a huge family.

TBT: Besides Ohio State, which schools that have displayed interest has you the most excited?
Lewis: Notre Dame, Michigan, Pitt and Oklahoma. They are all nice schools.

TBT: Which college would you say you're a fan of, if any?
Lewis: Growing up I was an Oklahoma fan. I just kind of fell in love with Sooner football at the time.

TBT: Are there any players you pattern your game after?
Lewis: I watch (Indianapolis Colts defensive end) Dwight Freeney a lot. He's big, but very quick.

TBT: Give me a scouting report on LaTroy Lewis?
Lewis: LaTroy Lewis has a good first step and quickness off the edge. But he could work more with his hands.

TBT: What are some of your interests off the field?
Lewis: I like to play basketball. And a little Xbox here and there.

TBT: I know it's early, but what are your plans for a college major?
Lewis: I plan on majoring in nursing.

TBT: What are some goals that you've set for yourself?
Lewis: I want to become the OHSAA Division III defensive player of the year. And also become a U.S. Army All-American.

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