LAFAYETTE — Ed Orgeron solved Tyler Shelvin’s weight problem.
“I told his grandma to start feeding him gumbo with no rice,” the LSU coach said Monday. “He called me (and) said, ‘Coach, you’re killing me. I need more rice!’ ”
Shelvin, the Tigers’ decorated 2017 recruit who’s expected to enroll with other signees in June, lost about 60 pounds, Orgeron said. The highly rated defensive tackle from Lafayette is down to 325 pounds, the coach said, after getting up to about 383.
Shelvin, whom 247Sports ranked as the fourth-best defensive tackle in the nation in the 2017 class, could play as a true freshman. That’s at least what Orgeron hopes, he said Monday in a meeting with reporters before a Tiger Tour event.
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The coach compared Shelvin to former LSU All-American Glenn Dorsey.
“He is a very explosive young man. I expect him to help us this year,” Orgeron said. “He’s at nose (guard), but he can play tackle. He has similar qualities to Dorsey.”
Shelvin finished his high school career at Notre Dame after playing at Northside. He signed with the Tigers in February over a plethora of offers, including from Alabama, Nebraska and Texas A&M.