Lewis talks Tide pledge

Leo Lewis nearly committed to Alabama during a February visit to Tuscaloosa, but he held off. The difference between then and Saturday when he did pull the trigger while in town? Mom. She was able to take in campus for the first time and it helped Lewis realize that Alabama was the place for him.

"It really was a big day," Leo Lewis said of his Saturday.

The four-star Brookhaven (Miss.) High linebacker standout, ranked as the No. 7 middle linebacker prospect nationally on Scout.com, made his verbal commitment to Nick Saban and Alabama during what became a slew of pledges for the top recruiting program in the class of 2015 to this point.

"It kind of just happened," he said. "I have always loved Alabama, besides the football program, it's also a great school. It's one of the best academic schools in the country. My mom loved it, so once I knew she loved it – it made it more special.

"So I pulled the trigger."

It was Lewis' mother's first trip to Tuscaloosa.

Beyond his mother's impression, the personal approach of the Crimson Tide staff helped to secure one of the Magnolia State's best.

"Coach Saban just told me that I didn't have to commit right away, we sat down and talked about how I felt about the school and everything," he said. "He didn't pressure me, he said it was about how I feel. So the decision to commit was personal, I wanted to verbal in person so I did.

"It feels great, one of the best schools in the country. I always think about my first day on campus, then about how you mature and become a better player and person with a better future there."

On the football field, expect Lewis to patrol the middle of Kirby Smart's defense once in Tuscaloosa for good. Believe it or not, it's the school that has always had his attention.

"They want me playing inside, just a big, physical inside ‘backer," he said. "I'll stuff the run every time. I've been a big Alabama fan since day one, not too many people know that, but I've always been a big Alabama fan. It's my dream school.

"I just felt that it was right and that it's where I want to be. I know there isn't a school that can develop me as good as Alabama is going to develop me. As far as maximizing my talents, I don't think anybody can argue with that."

Lewis, who ranks as the No. 180 overall talent on Scout within the class of 2015, says he's still planning on taking official visits later on in the process despite his weekend pledge.

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