With a big need along the defensive line, LSU extended an offer Wednesday to junior college defensive end Marquavius Lewis.
Originally from Greenwood, S.C., Lewis committed to South Carolina in July. He's on pace to graduate after this semester, which would make him eligible to enroll in time for spring practices. That makes him valuable for an LSU team that desperately needs help at that position, with the potential to lose both starting DEs after this season.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Lewis said he hadn't yet spoken to the LSU coaches, but they'd been in contact with his head coach at Hutchinson and informed him they're eager to talk to Lewis.
LSU will work to get Lewis to Baton Rouge on an official visit in the near future. He has expressed interest in doing that, and he's also mentioned the possibility of checking out Auburn as well. The Tigers would still have to beat out South Carolina to land Lewis' services.
Lewis have 13.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and 10 quarterback hurries this season for Hutchinson. He's listed on their official roster at 6-foot-4, 278 pounds.
LSU has only one defensive lineman committed for the 2015 class — Edna Karr prospect Isaiah Washington, who has said he'd like to take some official visits elsewhere. The Tigers will look to add at least one junior college lineman with hopes they can contribute immediately at LSU.
The Tigers have offered two other high school underclassmen this week — 2016 Daelin Hayes, a four-star linebacker committed to USC, and 2017 Maleik Gray, one of the nation's top athletes in his class.
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LSU offers JUCO DE Marquavius Lewis
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