Many like Leo Lewis

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 20, 2014
Chad Simmons


A prospect not many were talking about a couple months ago is Leo Lewis, but he is starting to draw national attention. Once his film got out, offers started rolling in...

The first school to offer Leo Lewis was Ole Miss. Later that same day back in late November, Mississippi State and Oregon State offered as well.

First three offers in the same day.

The next week, the 6-foot-2, 220 pound hard-hitting linebacker picked up another SEC offer, this time it was Arkansas.

Once 2014 rolled in, new offers followed.

Clemson offered last weekend, Georgia and TCU late last week as well. Texas A&M offered recently as well.

When you see his tape, it is easy to see why the four-star is picking up those type offers.

This young man can play.

He had 101 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five and a half sacks, and one interception in 2013. Lewis finds the ball and goes after it.

"My eyes are a real strength for me," said Lewis. "I let my eyes take me to the play, then I make it. I disect things well, I see what is happening, then I use my speed. I play with good quickness too."

He did not mention the pop he has, this young man knows how to strike the opponent.

Lewis is looking for a defense that fits his style of play too.

"I want to go where I fit in as a player and as a linebacker. I want to find the right fit for my style as an inside linebacker. I want to play in a defense that I feel could make me better. The style is important to me."

Geoff Collins, the Mississippi State defensive coordinator put together a strong defense in 2013 for the Bulldogs and he and Lewis spent a good amount of time together recently.

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"I went over to Mississippi State for their Junior Day and Coach Collins and I talked a lot. We talked about the school, their defense, and some other things. I like him as a coach and he knows how to coach a defense."

It was Lewis' first time in Starkville and he liked what he saw.

Lewis took a visit to Tuscaloosa for Junior Day with Alabama being another school on his offer list and the top linebacker in 2012 let him know what T-Town is all about.

"Reuben Foster is a lot of fun to be around and he was the guy with me during my visit. I had a good time there like I did Mississippi State. I liked the facilities, hanging out with Reuben was great, and the coaches at Alabama are cool."

Both Alabama and Mississippi State hope to have this top prospect out of Brookhaven back on their campus for their spring game.

LSU is the only school to have Lewis on their campus for a game this fall. The Tigers have offered too.

"I had a lot of fun at LSU and it was a great environment there," said Lewis. "It was a great college game atmosphere and it was very exciting for me. LSU has been recruiting me hard and I like their defense."

Offers are arriving pretty often now for the No. 7 prospect in Mississippi, but he is taking it all in stride. He does not plan on rushing through the recruiting process.

"I am going to ride it out and take my time with everything. I am getting new offers, so I want to take some visits and commit late in the process.

"I am open to all schools right now. I do not have any favorites yet."

Lewis is the No. 8 inside linebacker on Scout.



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