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MM 12.31: Five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis nearing commitment decision

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland football is just two days away from finding out whether it will receive a commitment from what would be one of the highest-ranked recruits in program history.

Terrence Lewis, a five-star linebacker and the No. 16 player in the entire 2021 class, will be deciding between Maryland and Miami during the All-American Bowl this Saturday, he announced. The decision will be aired on NBC at 3 p.m. ET.

Lewis decommitted from the University of Tennessee on Nov. 30 and then announced a top-two of Maryland and Tennessee on Dec. 14, but it now seems as if the Volunteers are no longer a factor in Lewis’ recruitment.

The Miami Central High School product would be the highest-ranked recruit in the Terrapins’ 2021 class. As things stand currently, a Lewis commitment would elevate Maryland’s 2021 recruiting class to 18th in the country, per the 247/ Sports class calculator.

Lewis could make a dream pairing with recently signed four-star linebacker Branden Jennings. Like Lewis, Jennings is from Florida and was formerly committed to another school (Michigan). Maryland head coach Mike Locksley has been known for his infamous recruiting flips, and a Lewis commitment would mark a second huge one in a span of less than three weeks.

For Maryland fans wishing to view Lewis’ decision live, the All-American Bowl: Decision Day special will be broadcasted this upcoming Saturday, January 2 at 3:00 PM on NBC.

In Other News

Wes previewed Maryland men’s basketball’s primetime matchup against #16 Michigan in College Park.

Dylan previewed Maryland women’s basketball’s showdown in Happy Valley against Penn State.

Four-star forward James Graham had his first practice as a Terp.

The 17-year-old announced he will be wearing No. 1 for the Terps, citing Anthony Cowan Jr. as one of the reasons why.

There’s still excitement surrounding Donta Scott’s monster dunk in the closing minutes of Maryland’s big upset win over #6 Wisconsin.

Maryland women’s basketball has focused on every opportunity at hand as they stand at 5-1 ahead of Thursday’s matchup at Penn State.

Maryland football took a look back at the career of All-American kick returner Steve Suter.

Maryland baseball shared a neat home run collage from its shortened 2020 season.