Tennessee Loses 5-Star Linebacker Recruit

By David Hayes
The Tennessee Volunteers lost a commitment from 5-Star linebacker recruit Terrence Lewis this week.
The Tennessee Volunteers lost a commitment from 5-Star linebacker recruit Terrence Lewis this week. / Silas Walker/Getty Images

Despite getting off to a hot start with a lot of potential early in the year, the 2020 college football season has not panned out the way that most fans in Knoxville were hoping for from the Tennessee Volunteers.

Even with their 2-5 record ahead of a daunting matchup with the No. 6 Florida Gators at home this Saturday, the Vols could still hang their hat on the future with their incoming recruiting classes.

However, their Class of 2021 hopes took a blow this week after its centerpiece in 5-star linebacker Terrence Lewis de-committed from Rocky Top.

While it's never a good sign to read the dreaded "explore my options" tag on the end of a de-commitment statement, Lewis does seem to retain a certain level of genuine interest in the program in this tone.

And the Vols really need a talent like Lewis to anchor this defense in years to come if they want to compete with the likes of Florida and Georgia in the SEC East.

Lewis boasts an incredible 0.9898 composite rating on top of his 5-Star tag, according to 247Sports.com, and comes in as the No. 17 overall recruit in the country for the Class of 2021.

A lot can happen between now and his final decision, but Tennessee fans just need to have hope that he'll come back around to the program that first caught his eye.

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