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According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, LSU assistant director of player personnel Jeremy Hawkins is leaving staff to become the defensive line coach at Mercer. Hawkins is known to be a key piece to the recruiting department.

Hawkins, a former defensive end and graduate of Troy University, will be returning to his home state of Georgia to join Mercer’s staff. Hawkins was an analyst at UAB before joining LSU’s support staff last March.

He joins Jerry Sullivan as staffers that will need to be replaced this offseason.