Caleb Roddy has a reputation for being a team-first player, which was made self-evident with his announcement Friday evening.
Roddy, a 3-star defensive end from Denham Springs (La.) High School, will spend his freshman season playing tight end.
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound freshman was listed as the No. 19 strong-side defensive end in the 2015 recruiting class, but largely fits the bill as a run-stopper in a 4-3 defense. Instead of shifting outside to linebacker or putting on weight to play up front in the 3-4 front, Roddy will add some much-needed depth to a tight end corps headlined by starter Colin Jeter, Desean Smith, Foster Moreau and Jacory Washington.
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“Coming out of high school I was recruited as a defensive end and had success at that position, but now as camp has started I will be moving to tight end,” Roddy wrote on a post on Twitter.
“Defensive end is my preferred position, but my team needs will always come before my personal needs. I’m here to win championships regardless of what side of the ball I’m playing on.”
Roddy spent the first two days of LSU’s fall camp working out with the tight ends and already boasts jersey No. 85 for his true freshman campaign.
After the 2016 season, the Tigers will lose two seniors in Jeter and Smith, and currently do not have a tight end pledge in their 2017 recruiting class. They remain on the hunt for one, though, with Texas A&M commit Camron Horry and Florida commit Kemore Gamble at their top targets.
Moving Roddy to tight end gives the coaching staff some wiggle room if they are unable to flip one of those commits. He and fellow freshman Jamal Pettigrew are a palpable freshman one-two punch at the position.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tiger Stadium.