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Leo Lewis commits to Mississippi State over Ole Miss

A few days ago the four-star linebacker was a Rebel pledge. Now he's heading to Starkville. #Clanga

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This will get the Mississippi State message boards humming. Leo Lewis, the four-star linebacker long pledged to Ole Miss, has announced he's committing to the Bulldogs, according to Riley Blevins of The Clarion-Ledger.

Lewis was a Rebel pledge as recently as last weekend, but abruptly decommitted on Saturday. That the decommitment happened during a visit to Baton Rouge suggested that the nation's No. 1 inside linebacker was leaning towards LSU -- he was lured out of his Ole Miss commitment by none other than the recently-hired Ed Orgeron -- but Dan Mullen was able to slip in among the fracas and steal him away to Starkville.

It's a pretty significant blow for Hugh Freeze, who's watching his top three linebackers from a season ago graduate in 2015. Denzel Nkemdiche will be back and Christian Russell and JUCO transfer Terry Caldwell could step up, but none of them have the combination of size and athleticism of the 6'3, 225-pound Lewis, who could very well have been a multi-year starter for the Rebels.

Pair this with five-star Drew Richmond's decommitment on Monday you're left wondering what this 2015 class might have been.