Wide receiver Roger Lewis of Pickerington (Central) became the 12th commitment to the 2012 Ohio State recruiting class today.

Wide receiver Roger Lewis of Pickerington (Central) became the 12th commitment to the 2012 Ohio State recruiting class today.

Lewis, 6 feet 2, 185 pounds, said he informed OSU coach Luke Fickell by phone of his decision, picking OSU over West Virginia, Cincinnati and Arizona, with several other Big Ten schools having shown serious interest of late. But Lewis said there was never a doubt about where he wanted to go, once OSU madea scholarship offer a week ago.

"Growing up in Columbus, and just watching Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn and all those great receivers go through Ohio State, I'vewanted to be a part of that," Lewis said. "So I decided to make it official I want to be a Buckeye."

The feeling was mutual evidently after he made a good showing in OSU's summer camp, said Bill Kurelic, veteran recruiting analyst for Bucknuts.

"He really opened some eyes with his speed, his hands and his route-running," Kurelic said. "He was very impressive. And I think once he gets to Ohio State he is going to surprise some people because, and this is no slam on Pickerington Central, one of the great high school programs in this area, but they don't throw the ball a lot."

Lewis said he also ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at Cincinnati's summer camp, which upped the interest for schools. But he was always leaning toward Ohio State, he said, even if the football program has been under intense scrutiny due to an NCAA investigation which cost the school its long-time head coach Jim Tressel and quarterback Terrelle Pryor. It comes to a head Friday with OSU officials' appearance in front of the NCAA's committee on infractions in Indianapolis.

"All that stuff has been talked about for so long, but I really didn't care because it would be hard to pass up an Ohio State scholarship offer, as long as I've wanted to go there," Lewis said. "I don't think it is that big of a factor, and it should wear off soon."

Besides, he said, he had a timetable of his own when it came to making his choice.

"I told all of the schools that were recruiting me I was going to make my decision before the season started because I don't want to go through my senior season still going through all of this," Lewis said. "I just want to be part of my team, be a leader, and help my team win."

He is the third player from Pickerington, and second from Central, in the 2012 OSU class, joining Central offensive lineman Jacoby Boren and Pickerington North offiensive lineman Pat Elflein.

Meanwhile, as Lewis pointed out, another teammate, defensive back Sebastian Smith, committed to Indiana today. They could be going head to head in a couple of years, what with OSU and Indiana being in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten.