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Leo Lewis | Linebacker

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/25/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 240

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Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Leo Lewis was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge early on Friday morning.
Lewis (6'2/235) has already been released on bond. At this time, the exact incident precipitating the arrest is not known. Mississippi State has since released a boilerplate statement about gathering further information, but is otherwise declining to comment on the linebacker's arrest. This is not his first brush with drama, as it was reported last summer by SB Nation's Steven Godfrey that Lewis had previously accepted improper benefits from several programs during his recruitment -- most notably among them, Ole Miss. During the past campaign, the redshirt junior registered 46 tackles and a forced fumble while starting 12 of 13 contests for the Bulldogs. Fri, May 4, 2018 05:06:00 PM
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SB Nation's Steven Godfrey reports that Mississippi State redshirt sophomore LB Leo Lewis accepted improper benefits from several programs during the recruiting process.

Lewis has been one of the central figures in the NCAA's investigation into potential violations by Ole Miss. Lewis' case goes far beyond just the Rebels, though, with Godfrey reporting that he received "bags of cash" from multiple SEC programs prior to National Signing Day 2015, totaling more than $21,000. He has told the NCAA that he accepted $10,000 from an Ole Miss booster and $11,000 in benefits from current program Mississippi State. This is just the tip of the iceberg and Godfrey's reporting is very much worth reading at the source link.
Source: SB Nation
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 01:05:00 PM

ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports that attorneys representing Ole Miss and its former coaches and administrators have asked that Mississippi State players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones be required to attend the Rebels' infractions hearing.

The infractions hearing, scheduled for later this summer, will delve into whether the Rebels violated various NCAA rules. They are accused of 21 violations in sum. Jones, a four-star 2016 recruit, previously alleged that an Ole Miss booster paid him around $15,000 to sign with the Rebels. Instead, he signed with the Bulldogs. Lewis famously accused Rebels boosters and former coaches of offering transportation, lodging, food and memorabilia and clothing from a retail store in Oxford. Ole Miss, which self-imposed a bowl ban this season and stripped itself of seven scholarships, is also facing a lawsuit from former head coach Houston Nutt. Most recent HC Hugh Freeze resigned last week, but the school said that was because of his phone records (which included a call to an escort service) and not due to the NCAA's investigation.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 02:55:00 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough writes "don’t be surprised if (Mississippi State redshirt sophomore LB Leo) Lewis becomes an All-SEC caliber linebacker in 2017."

Mississippi State was out-and-out abysmal defensively last season, with Scarborough passing along the eye-popping stat that the Bulldogs surrendered nearly 6,000 yards of total offense for the campaign as a whole. Not for lack of trying by Lewis (6'2/235), who registered 79 tackles (5.0 for loss) and a sack in 13 games. He is expected to take on an even larger role as both a leader and an on-field performer now that LB Richie Brown -- who inked up with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent -- is no longer on the roster for the Bulldogs. Lewis has already gained a small level of infamy due to his reportedly telling the NCAA that Ole Miss offered him improper benefits during the recruiting process.
Tue, Jun 27, 2017 10:59:00 PM

Rebel Rags, an Ole Miss clothing store in Oxford, filed a lawsuit against Mississippi State players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones as well as Laremy Tunsil's stepfather, Lindsey Miller.

Per the Clarion-Ledger, the lawsuit is for "defamation, slander, conspiracy and commercial disparagement stemming from false statements made to the NCAA and have since been published in the (university's response to the) notice of allegations." Rebels Rags contends that it was falsely cited during the NCAA's probe into Ole Miss football as having given free merchandise from Rebel Rags to recruits. The store says every item was purchased legally, and further states that it has the records to prove it.
Mon, Jun 12, 2017 12:50:00 PM