It's now wait-and-see mode for Tyler Shelvin.
Shelvin, a decorated nose guard from Lafayette and a key member of LSU's 2017 signing class, has completed the coursework that he has been working on this summer, said Lewis Cook, his former high school coach at Notre Dame of Crowley. Shelvin's transcript now must be approved by the NCAA clearinghouse, a sometimes-lengthy process that could take days.
That said, Cook is hoping Shelvin will join the team "by the end of the week," he said. He completed coursework "over the weekend," Cook said.
The news is not surprising. Coach Ed Orgeron said Sunday that he expected Shelvin to finish his work this week and, if cleared by the NCAA, join the team during the second week of preseason camp. The Tigers started drills Monday.
"Tyler Shelvin is still completing coursework. Should be completed very soon,” the coach said Sunday. “Coursework 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.”
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Orgeron is high on Shelvin, the top-ranked player in Louisiana and a top-10 defensive tackle nationally in the 2017 recruiting class. The coach said this summer that he hopes to potentially rotate Shelvin this year at nose tackle. Shelvin dropped about 60 pounds this spring, the coach said, to 325.
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The rest of LSU's seventh-ranked 2017 signing class enrolled in January or in June. Offensive lineman Seth Stewart spent just a few days with the program in June before leaving, Orgeron announced Sunday.
Shelvin needed correspondence courses over the summer to meet the NCAA's minimum academic eligibility requirements. His grades should be finalized by Wednesday, Cook said, and then he will begin the process with the NCAA clearinghouse.
"The coursework that he did should have enough to make him eligible now," Cook said.
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