Broohaven, MS 6014 | 235 | 4.62E | 2020
Leo Lewis was a highly touted prep prospect that came in with a self-admitted case of senioritis, he was overweight and overhyped but Lewis was able to get in shape and lose roughly 30 pounds before his redshirt freshman season. In his first year of action, he registered 79 tackles, five for loss and one sack during during the 2016 season. He was instantly noticed by teammates; “He’s very physical. That’s probably his biggest thing,” senior linebacker Richie Brown said. “He’s really good with his hands. He’s good at stuff from the run. He’s not afraid of contact.” Lewis was reported to accept a payment when he flipped from Ole Miss to Mississippi State, setting off a firestorm of allegations and potential NCAA violations that are still under review during the time of this publication. The bottom line is that Lewis is a highly athletic chase and tackle linebacker that has been coached up by a guy with NFL experience in Peter Sirmon and Leo Lewis will be in the Top-100 conversation in whatever class he ends up being in.
2016: The first Football Writers Association Freshman All-American in MSU history … Accumulated 79 tackles in his debut season, which led all SEC freshmen and was 30 better than the next closest one … Ranked 13th among all players in the league in tackles and added 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack … Ranked seventh nationally in tackles among freshmen … Selected as the SEC Freshman Defensive Player of the Year by Athlon Sports … Started all 13 games at Will linebacker … Produced the highest tackle total by an MSU freshman since Benardrick McKinney (now with Houston Texans) in 2012 … Voted Freshman All-SEC by the league’s coaches.
2015: Redshirted during first year on campus.
High School: The nation’s top inside linebacker recruit … A consensus four-star prospect ranked the No. 2 overall player in the state of Mississippi … Tabbed the nation’s No. 43 overall prospect by Rivals.com, No. 60 overall by ESPN.com and No. 63 by 247Sports … Member of the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen and was a first-team All-American by USA Today … One of five finalists for the 2014 Dick Butkus Award, which goes to the nation’s top linebacker … As a senior, recorded 76 tackles (58 solo) and two tackles for loss … Also had a fumble recovery and one sack for an eight yard loss … Played in the Under Armour All-American game … Finished with 100 tackles, five sacks, seven quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and an interception as a junior in 2013 … Coached by Tommy Clopton.
Personal: Born Leo Lewis on Nov. 25, 1996 … Son of Leo Lewis Jr. and Tina Henderson … Majoring in kinesiology.