Tight end Caleb Roddy and defensive back Xavier Lewis will not return to the LSU football team, a source told The Advocate.
Roddy, a Denham Spring native, did not play in 2017 and missed most of practice throughout the year for unknown reasons. The 6-5, 276-pounder signed with the Tigers as a defensive end before a move to tight end. He served as LSU’s No. 3 tight end as a true freshman in 2016.
Roddy removed all mention of LSU in his Twitter bio and posted a cryptic message Wednesday, the start of the spring semester: “Next chapter,” his message said.
LSU is losing its fastest player.
Lewis, a LaPlace native out of East St. John, played in four games this season as a redshirt junior. He did not dress out for at least the final six games of the 2017 season, plummeting down the depth chart. He began the season as a rotational player at LSU’s nickel cornerback position. Lewis, who signed in 2015 ranked as high as the 13th-best cornerback prospect, practiced in spots over the final two months of the year, but missed most of drills for unknown reasons.
Lewis removed all mention of LSU in his Twitter bio as well. The future of the two players is uncertain, but their departure – especially that of Lewis – comes at a somewhat thin position.
The Tigers lost cornerbacks Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver to the NFL draft. Rising junior Greedy Williams, the SEC’s interception leader, returns to man one side of the field, but experience is lacking behind him. Rising sophomore Jontre Kirklin and Kary Vincent, both 2017 signees, saw limited playing time last year, and Kristian Fulton, a reserve player as a freshman in 2016, took a redshirt this season for off-the-field reasons.
Tigers did not sign a cornerback in the early signing period but are targeting the position ahead of the traditional national signing day. LSU has three open spots in the 2018 class.
Lewis and Roddy join fullback Bry'Kiethon Mouton in not returning to the team for the spring semester. Mouton, a Lafayette native and top 10 fullback prospect when signing in 2015, announced his transfer last month.
It appears Ed Orgeron’s search for new members of his offensive coaching staff won’t even go out the door of the LSU football complex.