Leo Lewis is no longer committed to Ole Miss.
The nation’s top inside linebacker re-opened his recruitment on Friday night, according to Demetric Warren of VarsityPreps.com.
Lewis, from Brookhaven, Miss., decided to back away from his Ole Miss pledge while on an official visit at LSU.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder had been committed to the Rebels since September. He was once committed to Alabama, but decommitted from the Crimson Tide while at Mississippi State’s Big Dawg Camp in July.
With Lewis out of the picture, Ole Miss has 17 commitments in its 2015 class.
It was expected for Lewis’ recruitment to come down to the wire. And it was paramount for Ole Miss to keep him committed.
Lewis made it known he was exploring other options. He made several stops to Starkville during the season, including the weekend after he committed to Ole Miss. He took an official visit to MSU on Jan. 16.
Lewis has immediate impact talent. He’s praised for his instincts and his run-stopping ability.
But Lewis, who was named to USA Today’s All-USA first team, also filled a major positional need for the Rebels.
LSU, also in need of young linebackers, has made a recent push for Lewis. In July, Lewis told The Clarion-Ledger it would take the “perfect fit” to get him to leave the state.
The consensus four-star prospect piled up 79 tackles with a sack and a fumble recover during his senior season at Brookhaven.
He also was a high school Butkus Award finalist, which honors the nation’s linebackers.