Ross Dellenger is reporting that reserve TE Caleb Roddy and reserve DB Xavier Lewis will both be departing from the program.
Somewhat expected news here: TE Caleb Roddy and DB Xavier Lewis will not return to the #LSU football team.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 10, 2018
Roddy did not play and rarely practiced in 2017. Lewis missed most of the final 2 months.https://t.co/Ub5ptJ3mDO
In my Better Know a Freshman, I wrote Lewis could be a transfer candidate due to depth concerns, because while I liked his competitiveness, he lacked the tools of his DB mates. He basically followed the path I laid out, quickly moving from outside corner to nickel to more of a safety/nickel hybrid role. Now he’s on his way out of the program. Perusing the depth chart, it was tough to see any path ahead for him to find playing time amongst a group of safeties that includes John Battle, likely returning Ed Paris, Eric Monroe, Grant Delpit, Todd Harris, Jacoby Stephens and incoming freshman Kelvin Joseph.
Roddy always looked to me like a guy the staff took based on measurables and athletic ability. At 6’5”, 275, he’s an imposing figure but the composite 3-star didn’t really show much on tape. After getting some run as a back-up blocking TE as a freshman, Roddy fell down the depth chart and never contributed again, even on special teams.
Lewis and Roddy are each to be Juniors. I would suspect both wind up at lower level programs so they can continue playing immediately.
Offseason attrition is a pretty common occurrence and fortunately neither of these two should have major ramifications on the depth chart for 2018.
Recruiting wise, this does nothing for the imposed 25-man cap. The staff is locked on that number due to the rules change. It does, however, open up two spaces on the 85 man scholarship limit. Should be interesting to see if the staff has any transfers they are entertaining bringing on in the coming weeks, or if those scholarships go to walk-ons.