In our continuing series on players who have committed to Georgia Tech‘s 2014 recruiting class, we are taking a closer look at each player and what they bring to the Yellow Jackets, as well as what is to be expected of them. One of the top defensive talents committed to Tech next year is 4-Star safety/outside linebacker, Terrell Lewis.
A linebacker named Lewis? Might be worth having on the team.
Lewis, out of Ocoee HS in Ocoee, Fl, is an impressive athlete who can step right into a BCS level program and make an impact. At 6-2, 206 pounds, Lewis played safety in high school, and was without any scholarship offers prior to March of 2013. But his play during his senior season sent his stock rocketing up the recruiting boards, and he committed to Georgia Tech in August. He also received offers from LSU, Miami, Nebraska, and UCF.
Known as a speedy, big-hitter (he runs a 4.75 40), Lewis will need to add some bulk and strength to be a effective linebacker, but he has tremendous closing burst, and is a strong tackler. Some time in the weight room will make a big difference for his play once he adds some muscle to his already impressive frame.
The Jackets will need some extra help in pass defense, and Lewis’ experience at safety will be a huge plus for him playing in an OLB slot. Viewing his films, it’s obvious that he is comfortable playing both on the line and dropping back in coverage. He also has the ability to rush the passer from the outside, and could be used in some creative blitz packages. He’s makes solid, form tackles, and rarely allows yards after contact – something that Tech was woeful at this past season.
Yellow Jackets defensive coordinator Ted Roof has a great young talent coming in Lewis, and if the coaching staff decides not to redshirt him in 2014, he’ll definitely be one of the Georgia Tech recruits to compete for a starting spot on the team.