Penn State has made a habit in the past few years of grabbing some of the country's very best linebacker prospects. Micah Parsons, Brandon Smith, Lance Dixon, and Curtis Jacobs were all five-star linebacker recruits brought in by James Franklin's staff since 2018, and now they have their sights set on another one. Florida native and five-star outside linebacker prospect Terrence Lewis has included the Lions among his new list of top-six schools, along with LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Texas A&M.
& when the dust settled , there were only 6... pic.twitter.com/lucml6bG17— Terrence Not Terrance (@Terrence21Lewis) April 4, 2020
Lewis made waves a while back by including the Lions in his previous top-six, and despite his recruitment shifting since then, the Lions remain a constant on his mind. Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Nebraska were also included in his previous top-six (Ole Miss and Florida were knocked out).
Lewis is one of the top prospects in the country regardless of position and is the No. 10-ranked player in the country in his class by the 247Sports Composite. He's the No. 1 outside linebacker prospect in the country and the 2nd-ranked player in Florida.
Lewis would be the second blue-chip prospect to come to Penn State from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida in the past few seasons, with John Dunmore hailing from the same high school.
Lewis has yet to visit Happy Valley and will be a longshot to commit to the Lions until he does so, but his interest is clear. Look for Lewis to make his way to University Park once recruiting restrictions due to the pandemic are lifted.
Here's the scouting report for Lewis from 247Sports.
PROJECTION: First Round
COMPARISON: Roquan Smith, CHICAGO BEARS
Has a lean build with no bad weight and long arms. Already has some muscle mass but should be able to tack on some more bulk at the college level. Looks like a high-end athlete and plays like it on Friday nights. Highly productive over his high school career to date as a high volume tackler who makes plays behind the line of scrimmage and in coverage. Dominant defensive player on one of Florida's top high school teams as a sophomore and junior. Instinctive as a run defender and blitzer with the ability to pick his way through the line and make tackles for loss. Has high-level closing speed and ability to chase plays down in pursuit. Also shows proficiency in coverage both in live games and 7-on-7 settings. Will need to continue adding bulk and strength as he is lean at this point in time. Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level with the upside of developing into an early round NFL Draft selection.