Five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis has signed his national letter of intent to play for the Maryland football team. Lewis made the announcement on Saturday during NBC’s All-American Declaration Show.
Lewis, the nation’s best inside linebacker, chose the Terrapins over Miami and Tennessee. Lewis was originally committed to the Volunteers but reopened his recruitment in the fall.
Lewis, who is from the Miami area, is ranked the 16th best player in the 2021 recruiting class. Lewis is Maryland’s third highest-rated signee in program history, according to 247Sports.
This is the first time Maryland has signed a five-star player in consecutive recruiting cycles. Last year, the Terps were able to convince receiver Rakim Jarrett to stay home after he was previously committed to LSU.
Lewis was selected for the 2021 All-American Bowl, but the game was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The game was replaced with the All-American Declaration Show where Lewis and other high profiled recruits made their college decisions.
Lewis will be joining a Maryland recruiting class that’s ranked 18th in the country and fourth in the Big Ten. Maryland’s 2021 recruiting class is loaded with defensive talent. In addition to Lewis, Terps’ head coach Mike Locksley was able to bring in four-star defensive end Demioun Robinson (Quince Orchard), four-star outside linebacker Branden Jennings, four-star defensive tackles Taizse Johnson (St. John’s) and Tommy Akingbesote (Flowers).
Lewis is one of eight signees that will enroll early and participate in Maryland’s spring practice.
Lewis has won three straight state championships at Miami Northwestern High School and Miami Central High School. As a junior, Lewis registered 105 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and three interceptions for Miami Northwestern during the 2019 season.