Marysville High School safety Brody Lewis (26) tackles a Columbus Northland ball carrier in this file photo from the 2019 season. Lewis will continue his gridiron career at Mt. Union University. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson)
Marysville High School senior Brody Lewis will continue his academic and athletic careers on the collegiate level.
Lewis, a safety in the defensive backfield, has committed to play football at Mt. Union University in Alliance.
“I had also looked at Findlay and Wittenberg,” said Lewis. “However, I just feel Mt. Union is a better fit for me with its campus life.”
Marysville High School head coach Brent Johnson agreed.
“The city of Alliance has rejuvenated itself and it’s a lot like Marysville,” said Johnson, who was a Mt. Union tight end from 1991-94. “It’s bigger than Marysville, but has the same type of feel.
“I’m really excited for Brody to be going to Mt. Union.”
To claim the Purple Raiders have been one of the best small college football teams in the nation over many years is an understatement.
Mt. Union has captured 13 NCAA Division III national championships, which is a record for any football program in any division in a playoff format.
“Mt. Union has a great winning tradition,” said Lewis. “That made a real impact on me and I really wanted to go there.”
The Purple Raiders will be under the direction of a new head coach in 2020.
Geoff Dartt, who served as Mt. Union’s offensive coordinator the past five years, has taken over the reins from Vince Kehres.
Kehres, who is now the defensive coordinator at the University of Toledo, followed his father, Kevin, as the head coach of the Purple Raiders.
Dartt is only the fourth Mt. Union head football coach since 1962.
Johnson said Lewis came up strong on the Purple Raiders’ radar when the Monarch gridder participated during a camp at the Alliance school last summer.
“They became very high on Brody at that time,” said Johnson.
Lewis, who is 6-2 and weighs 200 pounds, finished the 2019 campaign for the Monarchs with 32 total tackles. He had two tackles for losses, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.
He helped lead Marysville to a Division I state playoff berth.
The Purple Raider-to-be said he knows he has a lot of hard work ahead of him.
“I know I’m going to have to work hard to get up to a varsity position,” said Lewis, who is undecided on his major of study. “I could play on some special teams next year and I’m fine with that.
“It will give me more time to develop and work on my speed.”
“Brody is going to have to work hard and he will,” said Johnson. “However, I know Mt. Union is going to take care of him.”
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