Terrence Lewis, a former 5-star Vols commitment, lists Tennessee, Maryland as two finalists

Mike Wilson
Knoxville News Sentinel

Terrence Lewis could become a Tennessee football commitment once again.

Lewis, the nation's top inside linebacker recruit, announced Maryland and Tennessee as his top two schools on Monday on Twitter.

Lewis, from Opa Locka, Florida, indicated he will announce his decision on Jan. 2. The five-star prospect and No. 16 recruit nationally in the 247Sports Composite could sign when the early signing period opens Wednesday, then wait to announce his decision publicly. 

If Lewis signs with Tennessee, he would be the first five-star defensive prospect to do so in coach Jeremy Pruitt's tenure.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Lewis committed to the Vols on April 30, launching Tennessee to the No. 3 class in the nation at the time.

Lewis decommitted from Tennessee on Nov. 30.

"There's no love lost they're still my top school as of now but I need these next couple weeks to explore my options to make sure I make the best decision for my future," Lewis wrote on Twitter.

Lewis is one of five departures from Tennessee's 2021 class since Nov. 26. He's the first to suggest possibly rejoining the class.

Cornerback Damarius McGhee decided to decommit first, saying he would open his "choice to see which school is the right one for me" on Twitter. The four-star from Pensacola (Florida) Catholic High School and No. 89 prospect in the 247Sports Composite committed on July 30.

Lewis followed next, as two of UT's three top-100 commitments dropped from the class.

Defensive end Darrell Jackson left UT's class on Dec. 7. The Havana (Florida) Gadsden County prospect wrote on Twitter, "I just feel like I rushed into Things and I will be reopening my recruitment." Jackson committed on Feb. 1.

Tight end Hudson Wolfe, from Hardin County in Savannah, Tennessee, announced he decommitted from Tennessee on Thursday "after countless hours of careful deliberation." Wolfe, the No. 7 tight end nationally and No. 6 recruit from Tennessee, committed to Ole Miss on Friday.

Safety Jay Jones, from Demopolis High School in Alabama, also decommitted Thursday. Jones had been committed since July 4, 2019, when he was the third 2021 prospect to commit.

Tennessee's class is ranked No. 15 in the nation with 23 commitments. 

Mike Wilson covers University of Tennessee athletics. Email him at michael.wilson@knoxnews.com and follow him on Twitter @ByMikeWilson. If you enjoy Mike’s coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it.