LSU’s woes with offensive line depth increased on Sunday with the announcement that incoming freshman offensive tackle Seth Stewart is no longer with the Tigers. Stewart’s loss marks the the fourth notable offensive line departure of the summer, after Willie Allen announced plans to transfer in June. Andy Dodd and Chidi Okeke also left the team during the off-season.
According to Ed Orgeron, Stewart spent a few days in Baton Rouge and then decided to leave. Orgeron and Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes made efforts to bring him back to campus, but were ultimately unsuccessful. Orgeron added that the only thing he knew for sure was the Stewart would not be in camp but wasnt sure if he would be playing football at a later point.
There have been no official comments from Stewart via social media. He did tweet the following Saturday night
What's the point anymore— Seth Orlando Stewart (@Atallwhiteboy) July 30, 2017
Although Stewart was not projected to make the two deep, his departure is significant. The current group of back ups includes many freshman and mostly untested underclassmen. Even if Stewart wasn't on the two deep, he figures to have gotten a shot during camp to earn one of the backup spots, paving the way for him to start in a year or two.
Stewart was the No.3 ranked prospect in the state of West Virginia in last year’s signing class and was one of four signed offensive linemen from the 2017 class.