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Maryland LB Terrence Lewis enters transfer portal

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247 Sports)

Maryland players Terence Lewis Entering the transfer portal, 247Sports learned.

Lewis did not appear in a game in his freshman year with Terps after sustaining ACL and shoulder injuries prior to his arrival at College Park, both of which required surgery. The Miami native has been named the No. 21 player overall and No. 1 linebacker in the 2021 class, at 247Sports Composite. He was

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker chose Maryland after an extended recruiting that included commitments to both Florida and Tennessee. Lewis eventually chose Maryland after Foles fired coach Jeremy Pruitt. He was the fourth highest-ranked player to commit to Maryland since 2000 and was hopeful of becoming a star in a Terps defense that has struggled in recent years.

Lewis secretly signed with Maryland in mid-December of 2020 and waited for an announcement The All-America ad aired on NBC in early January.

“Brian Williams, our coach on Line D, has recruited a huge workforce in Florida, you know, high school coaches in the Miami area. He grew up in the Liberty City area. Strong bonds and roots, like what I do here at DMV, with all the right people out there. Teros coach Mike Locksley said earlier this year.

“And, you know, he was recruiting fathers, obviously, [Lewis] He was committed to another programme. And then when he gives up on the commitment, you know, because of some of the uproar that we created, and you know, some of the recruiting we did, those guys all start recruiting for each other.”

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Here’s a 247Sports High School assessment of Lewis, via national analyst Andrew Ivins:

“A agile, muscular defender with minimal, if any, body fat. Longer arms. A bit lighter in the lower half. By far one of the sportiest linebackers in the class. He flies around the field chasing ball carriers. Speed ​​allows him to be a team maker outside The Fragments A powerful healer for someone with a build that understands the importance of using a lever He comes home in a blitz often The ability to turn his hips and jog has flashed in cover, but why He’s been asked to cover many tight ends at the high school level Player Tempered can find a middle streak. Embraces contact. However, he must get better at stacking and pulling barriers to avoid getting swallowed up. In total over 100 interventions as a freshman in one of the best talent production programs in the Sunshine State. Continue to produce as a senior. Must He is able to make an impact in all three negative aspects of a Power 5 level. He could be a Mike or a Will depending on the scheme. Rookie NFL.”

The NCAA introduced the transfer portal on October 15, 2018, providing athletes with a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to move. They only need to request compliance by entering their name. Usually, it takes 24 to 48 hours for a player to appear at their request. Schools are free to contact the player without restrictions once their name appears in the portal.

While a player entering his name into the transfer portal means that he intends to explore his options, this does not necessarily mean that he will leave. The player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are not obligated to keep the player in the scholarship once they enter the portal.

There were 2,646 FBS players entered the transfer portal during the 2020-2021 transfer cycle, per source. This is up from 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.

This increase can be attributed at least in part to a new NCAA policy that allows student-athletes to transition once in their careers without having to sit for a year in residence. This means that all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet the NCAA deadline for entry.

Jeff Erman contributed to this report.

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