Miami Central five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis backed off a verbal commitment to Tennessee on Monday night. He announced the news over social media.
“I would like to take the time out to announce that I’ll be de-committing from The University of Tennessee,” Lewis wrote on Twitter. “There’s no love lost they’re still my top school as of now but I need these next couple weeks to explore my options to make sure I make the best decision for my future.”
Lewis, who the industry-generated 247Sports Composite pegs as the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker prospect, had been committed to the Volunteers since late April. There was also a time when he was committed to Florida.
It’s unclear who all Lewis will consider moving forward, but one school to keep an eye on is nearby Miami as Lewis has spent time in Coral Gables before. Lewis also told 247Sports a few months ago that he has heard from the coaching staffs at both LSU and Mississippi State since he committed to the Volunteers.
Lewis played his sophomore and junior seasons at Miami Northwestern. He transferred to Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Prep back in the spring months before eventually enrolling at Miami Central. In the first game of his senior season, he totaled nine tackles and a sack.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. Last recruiting cycle, over 600 prospects decommitted from a school at least once according to 247Sports data. Some prospects changed their minds multiple times.
The earliest a prospective student-athlete in the class of 2021 can sign a National Letter of Intent is during the Early Signing Period, which is set to run from Dec. 16-18. The next scheduled window to sign an NLI comes Feb. 3, 2021, during the NCAA’s traditional National Signing Day.
The 2021 recruiting cycle has been like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In normal years, recruits would have spent much of the spring and summer months touring different college campuses, but a temporary recruiting dead period has prevented any face-to-face contact. That means college coaches haven’t been able to open their doors to recruits or get out on the road and make in-person evaluations.
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