It had been a long time since the Buckeyes hosted multiple top 2015 prospects in one weekend. That finally happened this weekend as they had five-star wide receiver Christian Kirk and four-star defensive back Marcus Lewis both on campus for visits.
With the coaching staff doing away with junior days, they are able to get smaller groups of recruits on campus and have the ability to spend more one-on-one time with recruits
For Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga defensive back/athlete Marcus Lewis, it was his first ever trip to Columbus. He was in town on Saturday and Sunday with his whole family.
The standout defensive back, who could be either a cornerback or safety when he arrives on the college scene in 2015. He had a great time on his first ever trip to Columbus.
"Basically, we pulled up at the Woody Hayes Football Complex and I got a tour of that; it was really nice. I got to try on a jersey, I spent a lot of time with Coach Ash, and had a meeting with Coach Meyer," Lewis told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I also got to go to the academic center, got a tour of the whole campus; we went out to lunch. I pretty saw everything and got a lot of information about Ohio State."
Lewis enjoyed almost all of his visit and viewed all parts of it pretty much equally.
"All of it was nice. I can't really leave anything out," he stated. "I really liked the whole visit."
During the visit, Lewis got to spend a fair amount of time with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and newly minted co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash. Lewis really enjoyed the time he was able to spend with the coaches and they were able to cover a wide variety of topics, one of which was how he might be used if he decided to play his college football in Columbus.
"It was good meeting them. It's not every day you get to talk to Coach Meyer, a legendary coach who won two national championships at Florida," Lewis said. "They both said that I could have an immediate impact in the program when I get there. They want me to keep doing what I'm doing, working hard, and they told me how it would be at Ohio State. They were straightforward and told me I would have to work hard to get on the field at Ohio State and that everything is earned there. That's what I really like about them."
Going into the visit, Lewis didn't really have a leader. After taking the visit to Ohio State that hasn't changed, though he's very interested in the Scarlet and Gray.
"I don't have any leaders right now," Lewis continued. "Ohio State will definitely make my top ten, though."
Despite not having a front runner, Lewis has an idea of when he would like to announce his college decision. Next time he commits won't be his first, as he was committed to Virginia Tech from November to December of 2013 before deciding to re-open his recruitment.
"I'm looking to make a late decision," he stated. "Somewhere I fit in with the coaching staff, where it feels like a family atmosphere, and with early playing time."
Lewis has a couple of other college visits coming up and has an idea of when he would like to make a return trip to Columbus to see the Ohio State campus for the second time. He also has some visits coming up.
"I'm going to Florida, Florida State, and Miami over my spring break which is March 17th thru the 22nd," Lewis said. "I hope to get back down to Ohio State sometime over the summer."
Even though it's still relatively early in the process, there are a lot of coaches Lewis has developed good relationships with so far.
"I have a good relationship with a lot of coaches," Lewis said. "I have a good relationship with Coach Sunseri from Florida State, Coach Muschamp and Coach White from Florida, Coach Ash from Ohio State, Coach Reed from Clemson, Coach Gray and Coach Moorehead from Virgina Tech, Coach Albert from Boston College."
Even though the Buckeyes made a very good impression on the speedster from the nation's capital, he's nowhere close to announcing his college decision. That said, the Buckeyes are in a pretty good spot for him right now, though there's still a long way to go in his recruitment. Clemson, Virginia Tech, and others will also be right in the thick of this race.
If you haven't seen the speedy Lewis in action, make sure to check out his highlights here.