LSU needed one final offensive lineman to fill out its ranks for the 2018 class. That's when Damien Lewis got the call.
Lewis ended up at LSU after fellow signee Chasen Hines decided he wanted to switch from offensive line to defensive line in college, leaving a spot open for Ed Orgeron's preferred number of offensive linemen for next year.
But don't underestimate Lewis' ability. He's still the No. 3 offensive guard in the JUCO ranks this season, coming out of Northwest Mississippi CC.
Lewis has enough eligibility remaining to take a redshirt year, if needed, and still play two full seasons, but considering the depth issues LSU had along the line this season that may not be necessary.
He also received offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Colorado.
Wednesday is a historic day for LSU, coach Ed Orgeron and the entire college football world as thousands of high school seniors make their com…
Name: Damien Lewis
Position: Offensive Guard
Measurables: 6-foot-3, 320 pounds
JUCO: Northwest Mississippi CC
Hometown: Senatobia, Mississippi
Committed: November 26, 2017
247Sports Position Rank: No. 3
247 Composite rating: 3 stars
At a Glance: Lewis was a late addition to the 2018 class, but potentially a much needed one as he helps fill in the offensive line, which was a priority for the Tigers this year.
What They’re Saying:
“He’s a guy that still has three years left to play two, so he could even take a redshirt if he needed to, but he could compete right away and certainly give them some good depth at offensive guard, which signing this many linemen on both sides is Orgeron building that depth.” - 247Sports recruiting analyst Shea Dixon