Willie Allen’s goal this summer is specific – real, real specific.
“I want to get like Hawk,” the LSU freshman offensive tackle said of ex-Tiger Jerald Hawkins. “A lean machine.”
Allen and more than a dozen other members of the Tigers’ 2016 signing class begin summer workouts Monday – an eight-week program leading to the all-important preseason camp.
Allen, the former John Curtis star, wants to trim fat and add muscle, reshaping his current 6-foot-6, 315-pound frame into the one Hawkins possesses – a tall, lean figure who anchored LSU’s left tackle spot last season before leaving early for the NFL draft. Hawkins stood 6-6, also, and weighed about 305 pounds.
Allen already dropped 15 pounds since beginning strength coach Tommy Moffitt’s workout program two weeks after national signing day. The River Ridge native hopes to gain 10 more pounds of muscle and lose more than 10 pounds of body fat over the summer.
“I’m going to get in tip top shape,” said Allen, the 16th-ranked tackle in the nation among the 2016 recruits.
LSU confirmed Monday what The Advocate reported last week – all of the members of the Tigers’ 2016 signing class are enrolled in classes aside from two: defensive linemen Edwin Alexander of St. Thomas Aquinas and Andre Anthony of Edna Karr.
Anthony confirmed last week his predicament and said he expects to be eligible by August. Anthony’s year-and-a-half spent at now-closed Miller McCoy Academy in New Orleans is behind a snag with the NCAA clearinghouse. Alexander will not enroll in summer classes as he attempts to reach eligibility over the summer.
Allen, meanwhile, started classes Monday. Workouts were scheduled for 3 p.m. and a team meeting is set for 5. Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes delivered a message to Allen this spring.
“He said, ‘Have a good summer and you’ll start as a freshman,’” Allen said. “They don’t have a problem starting true freshmen. I want to come in here and play my role and block for Leonard (Fournette) and Brandon Harris.”
First, though, it’s time to lose fat and gain muscle.
Allen’s summer plan doesn’t only include workouts, though. He’ll go on a diet as well.
“No sweets,” he said with a smile. “That might be kind of hard.”
‘They’re real deep’
Andraez “Greedy” Williams signed with LSU as a top-20 cornerback in the nation, a highly-touted, sought-after prospect.
But the guy they call “Greedy” knows he’ll start behind a host of players at his position. After all, the program, he said, is dubbed “DBU” for a reason.
“I’ll probably have to work my way up to the top three spots,” said Williams, a Shreveport native out of Calvary Baptist. “They’re real deep, real deep.”
Williams said he’ll start his college career strictly at cornerback. The Tigers are stacked there. Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond considers Tre’Davious White, Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson to all be starters. Behind them is junior Ed Paris and mid-year enrollee Saivion Smith, a guy who participated with the No. 1 defense in the spring game. Then you’ve got safety-cornerback hybrid Dwayne Thomas and there’s summer enrollee Kristian Fulton, the second-best cornerback in the class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
“It’s nothing but competition,” Williams said. “We’re going to all be competing against each other.”
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