Donavaughn Campbell recently changed his phone number.
The LSU signee, an offensive lineman from Ponchatoula High School, switched from the 985 area code he has had for years to a number that signifies Baton Rouge: 225.
Oh, yes — it’s move-in week at LSU.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Campbell said. “I’ve been waiting on this time for a long time.”
Campbell joins several signees in arriving on campus this week for summer classes beginning Monday, but at least one player won’t be joining the group.
St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Edwin Alexander is not expected to enroll in summer classes at LSU, multiple sources confirmed to The Advocate. He’ll work this summer to reach qualification benchmarks and could enroll in August. Alexander did not answer several phone calls this week, and St. Thomas Aquinas coach John White did not return a message seeking comment.
Alexander, rated a four-star prospect, is ranked the eighth-best defensive tackle in the nation in this year’s class, and the 310-pounder is seen as a potential nose tackle in LSU’s new 3-4 scheme. The Tigers expect him to qualify over the summer and be eligible by preseason camp in August. A junior-college route is the fallback plan.
East St. John receiver Da’Monte Coxie, a 2016 LSU verbal commitment who never signed, still hopes to join the team, but he signed with Mississippi’s Copiah-Lincoln Community College as a fallback plan, he told The Advocate earlier this month.
Meanwhile, LSU’s signees are set for a busy weekend ahead of Monday’s first day of classes.
Most of the 18 signees — five members of the class enrolled early in January — will move in Friday, several of them confirmed. Two days of orientation follow Saturday and Sunday. After classes Monday, team workouts, including lifting and conditioning, are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. team meeting — the first full day of official summer work.
“I plan on coming in and making a huge impact,” said Cameron Lewis, a four-star safety from Monroe.
Lewis said he’s healthy and expects to begin working out with the team starting next week. The Wossman High product had surgery in March for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
For the first time since surgery, Lewis has been cleared to lift weights next week as he makes a recovery that he estimates will be complete “by the end of June.”
“As of right now, my arm can move in every motion,” said Lewis, who will start his career working at strong safety. “Everything is good.”
He’s not the only signee recovering from an injury. Houston safety Eric Monroe is recovering from surgeries on his shoulder (also a torn labrum) and knee (a torn lateral meniscus). He had his surgeries in February and March and is slightly more behind than Lewis.
Monroe will arrive Sunday for classes, but he won’t finish rehabilitation until August, he said. Coaches have not discussed redshirting with him. “If everything goes good” with his rehab, Monroe said, he’ll be cleared to play this season.
Campbell is also undergoing rehabilitation for a labrum he tore this past season. He underwent surgery on his shoulder two years ago. He chose not to have a second surgery and will continue his rehabilitation in Baton Rouge this summer.
He expects to be ready to play this season.
“We don’t recruit to sit freshmen on the bench,” he said. “Young guys have to play big roles, too.”
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