Jonathan Rucker is no longer a walk-on. Neither is Caleb Lewis.
Rucker, the longtime LSU walk-on linebacker, and Lewis, a third-year sophomore quarterback, received scholarships, they announced on Twitter on Friday.
Rucker, a fifth-year senior from Ponchatoula, has served as a key member to the Tigers' special teams over the past two years, and coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday that he could play this year at inside linebacker.
Lewis, who enrolled at the mid-year in 2015, has not played in a game, but he's a competent reserve. Lewis turned down several small college scholarship offers out of his Lakeland, Florida, high school, Victory Christian Academy.
Blessed to have received a scholarship from LSU this morning.! 🙌🏾 #GeauxTigers— JRuck 51 (@Popit4_Jruck51) August 18, 2017
blessed to be put on a full scholarship thru my graduation #LSU— CL8 (@calebthefella) August 18, 2017
it's still push the rock...
The program had two of its 85 scholarships free after quarterback Lindsey Scott and guard Maea Teuhema transferred this month.
“A guy that’s really had a solid camp, been a solid player for us all year, and I haven’t talked to him about it, is Jonathan Rucker,” Orgeron said Thursday night. “I think Jonathan is going to start on most special teams and can go in there and play for us at linebacker, and we feel very comfortable.”
Rucker received first-string snaps in the spring at inside linebacker because of depth issues. He’s been playing the Rover position, behind starter Devin White, during camp. According to school-released videos, he has seen mostly second-string reps behind White in what appears to be a rotating role with freshman Patrick Queen.
Queen, Jacob Phillips and Tyler Taylor, all rookies, are all fighting for playing time at inside linebacker, hoping to burst into the rotation.