- Ben Hall
Five-star inside linebacker Terrence Lewis commits to Maryland
During the All-American Bowl, five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis announced his commitment to the Maryland Terrapins football program and playing for head coach Mike Locksley. On 247sports, Lewis is rated the number one inside linebacker in the country and the 16th overall prospect.
The Miami native originally announced Maryland and Tennessee as his final two schools. However, a week before decision day switched from Tennessee. Following his decision has been quite a roller-coaster for many. After decommitting from Tennessee, many people thought he was locked on Auburn, however that changed when the Tigers fired Gus Malzahn. Maryland was a late school in recruiting Lewis as they really were never in the picture until following Lewis' decommitment from Tennessee.
However, defensive line coach and Maryland's top recruiter Brian Williams was able to pick up another major score. Williams has some ties to the Florida and played a major part in recruiting Branden Jennings, Marcus Fleming, Darrell Jackson, and plenty more.
Lewis is now the fourth-highest recruit to commit to Maryland. This is the second year in a row that coach Locksley has pulled off a surprise like this. Last year, during the early signing period, Locksley flipped five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett from LSU to Maryland. This adds to the already highly touted front seven recruits in Demeioun Robinson, Branden Jennings, and Taizse Johnson.
For his senior year, Lewis transferred to Miami Central. In six games with the Rockets, Lewis tallied 45 tackles and five sacks. He also won a 6A Florida State Championship this fall.