Alabama continues to rack up topflight 2015 recruits as 4-star linebacker prospect Leo Lewis has committed to the SEC powerhouse, according to 247 Sports.
Lewis joins a sizable list of top-tier recruits who announced their commitment to Alabama on Saturday, as pointed out by Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel:
Alabama landed four top 100 http://t.co/kI9WvRgn42 recruits ... today. And today isn't over.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 19, 2014
The 6'3", 225-pound defender is a junior at Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, Miss., and he's rated as the third-best 2015 recruit from the state of Mississippi and the fifth-best linebacker in the class, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings.
According to his 247Sports profile, Lewis had received a handful of offers from other top programs, including Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia and LSU, among others.
Lewis paid a visit to Tuscaloosa back in February and had only positive things to say about the trip. Via AL.com's Wesley Sinor, Lewis said, "It was fun. They showed me a great time. I built a great relationship with coach Kirby Smart. The facilities were great. They showed me an all-around great time."
Smart, Alabama's defensive coordinator, will be thrilled with Lewis' announcement. The instinctive defender has very few weaknesses in his game and boasts the physical tools to come in and play right away.
He'll obviously have to adjust to the college game before he can be relied on down after down, but the potential is certainly there, as noted by ESPN Insider (subscription required):
Lewis is a fast pursuing, run and hit linebacker without many physical flaws and we still see upside. Should develop into three-down linebacker early in his college career and add a playmaking dimension. Could get recruited to play inside or out.
Like with the rest of Alabama's coveted 2015 recruits, the Crimson Tide faithful will have to be patient. But there's no doubt the future is bright in Tuscaloosa as one of the sport's most brilliant defensive minds, Nick Saban has ensured the Tide will remain stout on that side of the ball for years to come.
And if Lewis can add to his skill set and make an impact at Alabama, he'll have a great chance to achieve the ultimate dream of competing in the NFL someday.
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