BATON ROUGE, La. — Recent Point Pleasant graduate Seth Stewart — who signed a letter of intent to play football at Louisiana State University last February — has decided to leave the program for undisclosed reasons, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron announced Sunday during a pre-camp interview session.
“Seth Stewart will not be reporting to camp, he will not be attending Louisiana State University,” Orgeron said. “As far as we know, he has decided not to play football. We don’t know that for sure but we know he will not be in camp. We wish him the best.”
Stewart — a 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive lineman — was a consensus three-star recruit out of high school who originally committed to Marshall University at the end of his junior campaign.
Stewart — a three-time all-state selection in football, the only Big Black in program history to earn all-state honors three times — was also a three-year starter at PPHS and twice earned first team all-state accolades for his work at offensive tackle.
During his four years, Point Pleasant — including playoff games— went 44-4 overall while also posting a perfect 39-0 in regular season contests.
Orgeron said Stewart reported to the LSU campus in June, but opted to head back home. Orgeron added that LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes tried recruiting Stewart to stay, but the offensive lineman chose otherwise.
“He wanted to move on,” Orgeron said. “Obviously, we tried to get him back but it’s something he decided he wanted to do.”
Stewart was one of four offensive linemen that LSU successfully recruited last spring from its 25-man signing class.
Stewart is Point Pleasant’s all-time leader in pancake blocks (50) and has been the lead blocker for the program’s top two rushers in school history in Cody Mitchell and Grant Safford.
He also served as the anchor for an offensive line that produced three of the most prolific rushing attacks in PPHS history.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.