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Rivals Rankings Week: Who is the best ILB in the 2021 class?

Terrence Lewis
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Rivals Rankings Week continues and one of the toughest debates in this round of updates revolved around the top of the inside linebacker position rankings. Who should be the nation's top-ranked inside linebacker? Recruiting analysts Rob Cassidy and Chad Simmons have Rival Views.


MONDAY: Five-star countdown | Who should be the next five-star WR? | Who is best OG? | Who will finish No. 1? | How was this rankings cycle different?

TUESDAY: New Rivals250 released | New five-stars | Farrell's thoughts | Is Mario Williams the best of the new five-stars? | Who should be the next five-star QB? | Behind the rankings

WEDNESDAY: Offensive position rankings released

THURSDAY: Defensive position rankings released

FRIDAY: New state rankings released


CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS: Team rankings

CLASS OF 2022: Top 100

MORE: Rivals Transfer Tracker | Rivals Camp Series

ROB CASSIDY: Terrence Lewis

Terrence Lewis may not be the top linebacker in the country just yet, but the upside is there in spades. There is no more versatile linebacker in the country, as the Miami native can play a number of different spots on the field. He’s more than serviceable in coverage and really shines against the run, where his ability to get off blocks and deliver jarring hits helped his team win a state title a year ago. The Tennessee commit is still becoming more polished and adding size, so he could be a head above the rest at this time next year. His trajectory is exciting.


CHAD SIMMONS: Barrett Carter

Barrett Carter is the most well-rounded inside linebacker in the 2021 class. He could be a tad longer but, other than than, he checks all the boxes. He is a very athletic, yet smart linebacker, that puts himself in place to make plays all over the field. He is a do-it-all linebacker, and he will enter college with a chance to play very early. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State are just some of the programs that covet Carter.