Offensive line signee Seth Stewart will not be joining the LSU football team, coach Ed Orgeron announced Sunday at a pre-camp news conference.
Stewart, one of 25 members of LSU's seventh-ranked 2017 signing class, enrolled in school with other freshman in June before leaving, the coach said. Coaches failed in attempts to convince Stewart to rejoin the program.
"As far as we know, he's decided not to play football," Orgeron said. "Spent a couple of days here and decided he wanted to move on. Tried to get him back. Coach (Jeff) Grimes tried to get him back."
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Stewart was the No. 3-ranked prospect in West Virginia last year and one of four offensive linemen in the signing class. He was not expected to play early, but the loss is another blow to an LSU offensive line that’s low on depth.
The Tigers lost three offensive linemen to transfer this offseason, including tackles Chidi Okeke and Willie Allen and senior Andy Dodd.
“One of the things I’m concerned about on the offensive line is, not the quality, (but) the depth,” Orgeron said. “Got some guys like (freshmen) Austin Deculus, Ed Ingram … (redshirt freshman) Lloyd Cushenberry had a tremendous spring for us. Donavaughn Campbell, he’s got to step up.”
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Magee’s status unclear
The playing status of offensive lineman Adrian Magee is uncertain, but the redshirt sophomore will participate in camp, Orgeron said.
Magee, arrested April 29 on simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, was reinstated to the team over the summer. More punishment could be coming, the coach suggested. Magee has served as a reserve during his first two years in Baton Rouge, but he's expected to be an immediate backup at tackle this year.
“Got to see (what) his status is,” Orgeron said. “Everything is still unknown with Adrian. He’s going to be in camp. Got to figure out what his status is going to be throughout the season. Something yet to be determined.”
Magee's case is still pending. He is accused of breaking open the door to the apartment and stealing an Xbox, six Xbox games, $1,200 in cash, Gucci flip flops and a Bluetooth speaker. Magee returned some of the missing items and confessed to the burglary, according to a police report.
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Shelvin expected in Week 2
Decorated Lafayette native Tyler Shelvin could arrive at LSU by the second week of camp, Orgeron said.
Shelvin, one of 25 signees in the 2017 class, was the top-ranked prospect in the state and the fourth-best defensive tackle in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
“Tyler Shelvin is still completing course work. Should be completed very soon,” the coach said. “Course work has to go through the (NCAA) Clearinghouse. I don’t expect him to be back this week at all. Hopefully we can get him back the second week.”