After a nearly two-year process, former Pickerington Central wide receiver Roger Lewis is now free to pursue his dream of playing college football.
Lewis, who was charged with rape as a high school senior in 2012, agreed to a plea agreement and was charged with a misdemeanor of lying to a police officer. The rape charge has been dropped per the agreement.
Now enrolled and playing at Matthews (NC) Jireh Prep School, Lewis has been in contact with several Division-I schools. He was committed to Ohio State and later to Ohio University as a senior before charges were brought against him.
"I'm very relieved this matter is over and I can get on with my life," Lewis stated following the court proceeding. "I'm totally free to continue my career, and the rape charge has been dismissed. I plead guilty to a falsification, which is a misdemeanor. Everything is totally over with this case."
"I'm at Jireh Prep in North Carolina and playing for them," he added. "My coach and I have been in contact with a lot of schools so far, and there are a lot of them very interested. I need to get my film sent out, so I can be evaluated. I currently have all A's in my classes, and I'm going to be fully qualified to play college football at the Division-I level, which is my dream."
Lewis will be eligible to enroll in the college of his choice in January of 2014, and he will have all his eligibility at that time. He is basically under the same guidelines as a 2014 high school graduate, and he will be considered a college freshman this coming January.
"Some of the schools I've been talking to are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, UCLA, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and a lot more to be honest," Lewis reported. "I'm hoping to take official visits this fall and sign with a school later this year."
"Nobody has offered me yet, and I don't have any visits set up at this time, because these schools wanted to see my case resolved first," he continued. "I totally understand where these schools are coming from, and I just want a chance to play at the next level. I'm excited to see how things will go over the next few months. I've grown since I left high school, and I'm now 6-foot-3 and 210-pounds, with the same speed I had before. Last week, I had like nine catches for over 200-yards and played really well."
"I would say I look at my entire case as just a minor setback for a major comeback, and I look at it as a humbling situation," Lewis admitted. "I had sleepless nights and I was facing losing 22 years of my life, but I have no bitterness and I'm looking forward, not backward."
FOXSportsNEXT will continue to cover the Lewis recruitment, and will update his situation as circumstances warrant.