Jerald Hawkins, the final LSU drafted player, set to sign with Steelers on Thursday; Tigers to hold Texas camps, report says _lowres


The final LSU drafted player is schedule to sign with his team Thursday.

Jerald Hawkins is set to ink with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, he said. Hawkins, a three-year starter at LSU who manned the left tackle position last season, is expected to receive a signing bonus around $580,000 and a four-year contract worth $2.8 million, according to overthecap,com.

The Steelers chose Hawkins in the fourth round of the NFL draft two weeks ago. He competed in the team’s three-day rookie mini camp last weekend.

Hawkins will become the fifth and final former LSU player drafted this year to sign with his squad. He joins linebacker Deion Jones (second round, Falcons), defensive back Jalen Mills (seventh round, Eagles), offensive lineman Vadal Alexander (seventh round, Raiders) and defensive back Rashard Robinson (fourth round, 49ers).

Several more ex-LSU players signed undrafted free agent contracts, including linebacker Lamar Louis (Cardinals), tight end Dillon Gordon (Eagles) and snapper Reid Ferguson (Bills).

LSU satellite camp coming together

The site reported that LSU will hold camps in Houston at East Houston Football Showcase on June 14 and Dallas at Desoto High on June 13. At the Dallas camp, the Tigers will partner with Texas-San Antonio and coach Frank Wilson, LSU’s former longtime recruiting coordinator who left for UTSA in January.

The Tigers’ camp in north Louisiana is on June 2 and will be held at First Baptist’s Freedom Field in Bossier City, the site reported. The school has not released a camp schedule, but Miles said LSU will host a joint camp with the Saints in New Orleans along with a youth clinic in the Crescent City.

The national 247Sports site reported last week that LSU coaches would attend four showcases in Detroit, Tampa, Atlanta and Houston, but the school has not confirmed those trips.

Keehn to tryout for Carolina

Former LSU punter Jamie Keehn is scheduled to leave for Carolina on Thursday for a tryout at the Panthers’ mini camp this weekend, he said.

Keehn, an Aussie and a second team All-SEC selection as a junior in 2014, averaged at least 40 yards a punt during each of his three seasons as LSU’s starting punter. He hoped to be one of a small handful of punters to sign an undrafted free agent deal, but Keehn will instead participate in a tryout.