The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Lewis chose the Rebels over Alabama, Mississippi State and host of other schools. He is rated the No. 7 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com and the No. 165 overall prospect.
“Leo Lewis is a very physical linebacker,” Chad Simmons, national recruiting analyst for Scout.com, said. “He is aggressive, attacking and someone who gets to the ball well. He is a strong tackler and he does a good job of tackling through the opponent. He shows great recognition, so he gets to the ball in a hurry. His size is good and he can still add weight. Blitzing the quarterback is another strength of his. He is instinctive and a downhill linebacker with speed.”
Lewis, who de-committed from Alabama July 18, was long considered among Ole Miss’ most-wanted prospects. The Rebels graduate senior starters D.T. Shackelford and Serderius Bryant following the season, as well as key reserve Keith Lewis.
Former freshman All-American Denzel Nkemdiche will be a senior next fall.
“They think I can come in there and give them immediate help at middle linebacker,” Lewis said in a previous interview with Scout.com. “I feel like I can come in there and contribute with Shack graduating this year. I can control the middle of the defense.”
Ole Miss was the first school to offer Lewis, who recorded 101 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and seven quarterback hurries as a junior for Brookhaven High School. He also managed seven tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
“I really love the coaches at Ole Miss,” Lewis, a frequent visitor of Ole Miss in the summer, said. “I love those guys and have a great relationship with the whole staff.
“Me and (current Rebels) C.J. Hampton, C.J. Johnson and Laquon Treadwell, we’re really tight. We have a great bond. I talk to them guys a lot. Me and Hamp(ton) are really tight. We’re from Mississippi, so we have a really tight bond. I have a good relationship with a lot of the players at Ole Miss.”
Lewis is Ole Miss’ 13th commitment for the recruiting class of 2015 and the third four-star prospect added this month, joining Memphis, Tenn., offensive lineman Drew Richmond and Pulaski, Tenn., cornerback Cameron Ordway.
He’s the highest-rated commitment for the Rebels, according to Scout.com.