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Following his recent decommitment, five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis has Tennessee back in his final two

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis made headlines a couple of weeks back by decommitting from Tennessee, following the lead of four-star cornerback Damarius McGhee. The timing of those moves were ominous, considering how close we were to the Early Signing Period opening up — along with the uncertain status of Jeremy Pruitt.

However, Lewis maintained that Tennessee was still a top option. Today, he proved that. Lewis named a final two consisting of Tennessee and Maryland, along with dropping a date of January 2nd.

Auburn seemingly had all the momentum with Lewis before this weekend, but the firing of Gus Malzahn obviously has changed that.

Lewis is 6-1, 200 pounds and is the 16th overall prospect in the 2021 class, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He’s the top inside linebacker prospect in the class.

He recently told 247Sports that he plans on signing early, but keeping things under wraps until January 2nd. Lewis also plans on enrolling early.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Lewis recently told 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins that he plans to sign this week during the Early Signing Period, which begins Wednesday. But he plans to keep his decision quiet under his scheduled announcement on Jan. 2. He plans to be an early enrollee at the school of his choice.

Brian Niedermeyer is serving as the main recruiter for Lewis, and has a pretty good track record at this time of year.

Jeremy Pruitt has one more week left in the season, but the Early Signing Period opens on Wednesday, creating a fascinating wrinkle for coaches and programs with uncertain futures.

It should be an interesting week, to say the least.