Watch Miami football after 5-star LB Terrence Lewis de-commits from Tennessee

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 06: (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 06: (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The Miami football program could be in the competition to sign 2021 five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis after the Miami Central star de-committed from Tennessee on Monday.

The de-commitment of five-star Miami Central linebacker Terrence Lewis could have the Miami football program back in the competition to sign him. Miami rose to 12th with Tennessee dropping to 13th in the national rankings for the Class of 2021 following the de-commitments of Lewis and four-star cornerback Demarius McGhee.

If Miami can sign either Lewis or McGhee it would be a huge boost to their 2021 recruiting class. A commitment from Lewis would move Miami up to ninth in the 2021 recruiting rankings ahead of Notre Dame, just behind Florida. Commitments from Lewis and McGhee would move Miami to seventh in 2021 rankings.

Miami will have to contend with several SEC schools other than Tennessee to sign Lewis. The first two crystal balls for Lewis following his de-commitment from Tennesee on Monday came were for Auburn from the Tigers 247 Sports website. Lewis stated on Twitter that Tennessee is still the leader to sign him.

Andrew Ivins of 247 Sports said that “one school to keep an eye (on) might be Miami.” Ivins reported that Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Texas A&M have started to be the serious contenders for Lewis. Lewis previously attended Miami Northwestern where three Hurricanes commits are currently matriculated.

Miami currently has three LBs committed to the Class of 2021. Inside LBs Deshaun Troutman and Thomas Davis and outside LB Tyler Johnson are all three-star commits. Davis is expected to be converted to an edge rusher in college. Lewis would be a huge signee for Miami. The LB corps has struggled for the Hurricanes in 2020.

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With redshirt senior MLB Zach McCloud likely headed to the NFL Draft, (he can stay as all fall 2020 athletes have an extra year of eligibility) Lewis could go to Miami and have a chance to start immediately. True freshman Corey Flagg and Tirek Austin-Cave will likely challenge to start at MLB for Miami in 2021 as sophomores.