Vols Among Top Contenders for Elite Linebacker

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    On Wednesday, Tennessee signed two more prospects to their 2020 class on National Signing Day, bringing their 2020 class to a consensus top-10 ranking on 247Sports and Rivals. On the same day, one of the top linebackers in the 2021 class included the Vols among his top teams moving forward in his recruitment.

    Terrence Lewis is a borderline five-star outside linebacker who plays for Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida. On Wednesday, he tweeted out a graphic that included his top six teams, and Tennessee was included along with Florida, Texas A&M, Penn State, Ole Miss, and Nebraska.

    Per the 247Sports Composite rankings, Lewis is the No. 30 overall prospect and No. 2 outside linebacker in the 2021 class. He holds three dozen offers but has decided to narrow his focus to six schools for now.

    The 6-foot-1, 195-pound linebacker had planned to take a visit to UT’s campus in January, but those plans didn’t work out. Lewis does plan on coming to Knoxville once the dead period lifts after February, however.

    Tennessee offered Lewis back in May of 2019, and Lewis visited campus shortly thereafter. The talented linebacker was once committed to Florida, pledging himself to the Gators on January 22, 2019. But a few months later on April 13th, Lewis decommitted and reopened his recruitment.

    Lewis is an explosive tackler who has a great burst off the snap. He can get into the backfield quickly and with ease, and he makes the ball carrier pay when he gets his hands around them. He’s an athletic pass rusher who is also an effective run stopper.

    As a junior, Lewis amassed 105 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and three interceptions in 13 games according to MaxPreps. He was named a First Team Junior All-American by MaxPreps after his 2019 season.

    The Vols currently have six prospects committed to them in their 2021 class, but none are projected outside linebackers as of yet. Weak-side defensive end Darrell Jackson could likely be an outside linebacker in UT’s 3-4 defensive scheme, however.