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LSU quarterback Caleb Lewis (8) joins other quarterbacks as they run through drills in practice, Thursday, March 16, 2017, at LSU's practice facility in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Caleb Lewis was holding himself together just fine before he talked to his mother.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron pulled the sophomore quarterback into his office and informed him he’d been awarded an athletic scholarship for the 2017 season. Still no tears.

But when he FaceTimed with his mother to let her know the news, there was no more holding back.

“She was in the middle of teaching a P.E. class,” Lewis said. “I was holding it together pretty well and then seeing my mom’s reaction, she started to shed some tears and cry. I broke down too. it was a really cool moment.”

Last Saturday was a long time coming for the Lakeland, Florida, native who said he’s been a fan of the program since the 2003 national championship.

Lewis turned down offers from several smaller programs in favor of coming to Baton Rouge.

He could’ve played at a couple of different Ivy League schools — he recorded a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT and a “disappointing” 32 on the ACT — in what he called a sort of divine intervention guiding him to LSU.

But on Saturday his dream come true was finally realized when he, along with linebacker Jonathan Rucker, were awarded the final two scholarships for the year.

“Ever since I was little I wanted to be a tiger,” Lewis said. “The first game my father let me stay up to let me watch was the ’03 national championship against Oklahoma. Ever since then, I’ve been the biggest LSU fan in some weird areas where there isn’t really a large contingent.”

Lewis was on the practice squad last year and throughout camp and did not play or record stats.

Lewis is now the fourth scholarship quarterback on the Tigers’ roster this season, replacing Lindsey Scott who transferred out of the program during camp.

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