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Former Hilton Head Christian football star commits to LSU as preferred walk-on

Hilton Head Christian Academy football coach Tommy Lewis, right, hugs his son and starting quarterback, Caleb Lewis, after their victory over Thomas Heyward Academy in the SCISAA Class 2-A state championship game in Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Hilton Head Christian won, 29-22.
Hilton Head Christian Academy football coach Tommy Lewis, right, hugs his son and starting quarterback, Caleb Lewis, after their victory over Thomas Heyward Academy in the SCISAA Class 2-A state championship game in Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Hilton Head Christian won, 29-22. Chris Cox -- Staff photo

Former Hilton Head Christian Academy quarterback Caleb Lewis has accepted an offer to attend Louisiana State University as a preferred walk-on, according to his father, former Eagles head football coach Tommy Lewis.

Caleb Lewis will enroll at LSU in January and will be guaranteed a spot in camp.

"It's a relief," Caleb Lewis told the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger. "I'm excited to be going there. I'm going to show that I'm dedicated to the program, learn the system and soak up everything I can."

Lewis attended Hilton Head Christian until his father left at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year to coach at Victory Christian in Lakeland, Fla.

Caleb Lewis, named the Class 2A Player of the Year for the second straight year, completed 159 of his 273 passes this season for 2,613 yards and 32 touchdowns against just eight interceptions.

He led the Storm to their second straight state championship game appearance, this time passing for 384 yards and six touchdowns in a 54-16 win over Rocks Christian for Victory Christian’s first state title.

As a two-year starter at Hilton Head Christian, Lewis threw for more than 3,500 yards and 48 scores and led the Eagles to back-to-back SCISAA Class 2-A state championships in 2011 and 2012.

"I think this is a great opportunity for him," Tommy Lewis told the Ledger. "Because he has good grades, he can qualify for academic money, which will ease the financial burden. This is his dream school."

LSU made the preferred walk-on offer in November and Caleb Lewis made his decision on Christmas.

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