Long-time Ole Miss commit LB Leo Lewis has reportedly dropped the Rebels.
According to a late-night tweet Friday from Demetric D. Warren of VarsityPreps.com, Lewis has dropped the Rebels with less than a week until national signing day. Lewis, if you'll recall, doesn't typically talk to the media but he did retweet Warren's report.
The loss is a big one for a Rebel signing class that was in need of linebackers. Not only is Lewis the top linebacker in Mississippi, he's considered one of the top players at his position nationally.
Looking to replace productive seniors Keith Lewis, Serderius Bryant, and Deterrian Shackelford, who combined to make 179 tackles in 2014, the Rebels now have junior college signee Terry Caldwell (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) and Zedrick Woods (5-11, 200) of Lake City, Fla., committed to the 2015 signing class.
Heading down the stretch, the strongest competition to Ole Miss for Lewis' signature was Mississippi State and LSU, which is where the linebacker is currently on an official visit.
"He has a lot of connections to Mississippi State as far as friends and those kinds of things, but he's made friends at all of them," he said. "Going into all of this (MSU) was the only college he had a connection with. He had been to camp there, a guy who had coached him as a freshman played there. There were some local guys from Brookhaven who had played there."
Lewis originally committed to Alabama in April, but decommitted from the Tide in July before choosing Ole Miss in September. While he has never publicly wavered from his commitment, it's been difficult to read Lewis.
"Part of the reason I think he may be a high-profile (recruit) I guess is the fact that he has flipped from Alabama to Ole Miss and has been committed to them since September or so," Clopton said at the time, "but he always dangles that carrot out there a little bit that he is still open, that he's going to go on his visits."
Read up on Lewis below:
- Parts of recruiting cycle have been burdensome for Lewis
- Team that signs Lewis will get a 'ferocious' hitter
- And, Lewis was mentioned by all three schools in this roundup: LSU, MSU, Ole Miss classes taking shape
With Lewis dropping the Rebels, Ole Miss now has 17 verbal commitments to hold onto before the Feb. 4 signing date.
Ole Miss' weekend of worrying may not be over, however. While the Rebels are hosting a handful of 2015 recruits, as well as a junior day today, Ole Miss commits OT Drew Richmond and WR Van Jefferson are officially visiting Tennessee and Michigan respectively.