When Miami (Fla.) Northwestern linebacker Terrence Lewis de-committed from Florida back in April, offers began to roll in at a break-neck pace, and it appeared that the Gators may have lost him for good.
However, even with programs such as Alabama and LSU hot on his trail, Lewis never fully closed the door on Florida.
Instead, the team is in prime position for the top-30 overall player in the 2021 class.
“Top three,” Lewis responded when asked where the Gators’ stand. “With Nebraska and probably Texas A&M or Penn State. It’s out of them four.”
According to the four-star himself, if Lewis is to end up in Gainesville, the transition to the college game in Todd Grantham’s blitz-heavy, hard-hitting defense would likely be void of too many growing pains.
“They run like the same thing we run at my school. I can play anything. I can play inside, I can go outside, I can help cover, and I can rush off the edge if they need me to. It’s whatever,” he said. “I can fit in the defense cause I’m fast.”
But, it’s not just the game that plays into the ultimate decision. Recruiting, especially when dealing with elite talent, is at least 50% relationships.
Part of the reason that the Gators were able to hang in the rising star’s recruitment after his de-commitment was because of the attention that coaches, namely Brian Johnson and Christian Robinson have paid to him.
“Nothing’s changed, they still love me,” Lewis said.
As for reciprocity?
“Yes. I still love them,” he said. “They play hard-nosed. I love their coaches. They’re very welcoming, and I’m looking forward to getting back.”
Lewis doesn’t have a specific timeline set up for when he’ll come back to Gainesville, but he said his best bet was “probably in the spring.”
Lewis is ranked as the No. 30 prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.