Penn State is among the remaining college football contenders for the top ranked linebacker in the 247Sports 2021 composite prospect rankings. Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Florida) junior Terrence lewis sharing a list of finalists Saturday afternoon.
Limiting the recruiting center that includes more than 40 scholarship offers, Lewis will focus on the following schools: Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
“When the dust settled, there were only six,” he said.
Standing 6 feet 1 inch, 200 pounds and considered number 10 in the general composite classification, Lewis spent the 2019 season at Miami Northwestern High School. He was named MaxPreps Junior All-American after a campaign in which he helped lead the team to a state championship.
In the past two seasons, Lewis has produced at a prolific pace. His cumulative statistics include 207 tackles – 50 for loss – and 24 bags. here is screening report from Charles Power, analyst at 247Sports, which also includes a comparison with linebacker NFL All-Pro Lavonte david of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Long and muscular construction with frame to support much more weight. Aggressive second-level fast-moving defender with great instinct and high closing speed. Tone fixer which can end in a ball carrier with explosion. Plays with a long range and can fill in the statistics sheet with a volume close to the line of scrimmage. Lives in opposite background, out of responsiveness and blitzing ability. Amazing engine. Play with sensation and take good risks with athleticism far above average. Takes good angles and can redirect without sacrificing a lot of speed. A little passion and advantage for his game, but approaches with consistent form and control. Has physical tools to play the three stockings, but a limited coverage sample halfway through high school. If it filled without sacrificing fluidity could be an instant impact defender with an All-American cap.
You can see his highlights from the junior season HERE.
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Penn State submitted an offer last April and the Power Five programs began to line up in clusters for its second year review. Lewis initially promised the Florida Gators in January 2019, but canceled the verbal pact three months later. The Nittany Lions began recruiting a few weeks after this clearance.
PSU has recruited a first-rate recruit Chaminade-Madonna Prep in the 2019 cycle, signature of a four-star receiver John Dunmore. The program signed five prospects, including four talents considered four stars, outside Florida in its last two recruiting classes.
The Nittany Lions have a lot of momentum when it comes to targeting a top linebacker. Earlier this winter, Curtis Jacobs became the fourth five-star prospect at position (according to 247Sports ratings) to sign with the Nittany Lions in the past three cycles.
Penn State has no linebacker promise in its 2021 class.
Resumption of campus visits will be key to this pursuit, as Lewis has not yet spent time in Happy Valley. The NCAA banned in-person recruiting contacts until May 31 due to coronavirus problems.