BATON ROUGE, La. — Tyler Shelvin probably won’t be reporting to training camp with the rest of his LSU teammates on July 30, but that should not alarm Tigers fans.
Shelvin’s grandmother, Deborah Silas, says the talented defensive tackle is on pace to finish the three summer school courses he needs to complete before enrolling at LSU.
“They want him there for the 30th,” Silas told SEC Country. “But it looks like we’ll need that extra week for him to finish.”
LSU coach Ed Orgeron indicated as much at SEC Media Days last week.
“His academics are on course,” Orgeron said. “But he is not going to be finishing his correspondence courses until the last week of July. That takes sometimes two or three days a week to become eligible through the clearinghouse. So it might take a week into training camp to when he’s ready.”
Silas said Shelvin is completing online courses in English, Spanish and algebra. His summer has consisted of working on those subjects and working out as he continues to shed weight from the 383-pound frame he played with at Crowley (La.) Notre Dame High School.
“No vacations,” Silas noted with a tinge of disappointment.
She said that Shelvin’s arrival at LSU will be anywhere from July 31 to Aug. 8.
Shelvin is the final member of LSU’s 2017 signing class who has yet to officially enroll at the school. When he finally arrives, he is expected to make quite the impact.
“I look forward to him playing,” Orgeron said at SEC Media Days. “Tyler Shelvin, [is] one of the outstanding freshmen. He’s the number one player in the state of Louisiana, chose to come to LSU.”
Shelvin will go into camp as LSU’s No. 3 nose tackle behind senior Greg Gilmore and sophomore Ed Alexander.
Shelvin was the first player Orgeron visited when he was named LSU’s full-time head coach last December.
“It made a huge impression. I was excited,” Shelvin told SEC Country earlier this year. “I could tell right there that I was No. 1 in his heart to get me over there.”
Though it will take up to a week longer than expected for him to arrive, Orgeron’s top prize in this year’s freshman class may prove worth the wait.