Ex-center Ben Wilkerson interviews for LSU’s O-line opening

“Ben (Wilkerson) is a very bright guy. He’s more passionate about what he does (than anyone). Ben deserves an opportunity. I’m glad coach Miles gave him a chance to interview him.” DOUG WILLIAMS, former Grambling coach

Former LSU center Ben Wilkerson interviewed for the offensive line coaching job at LSU, former Grambling coach Doug Williams said Sunday.

Wilkerson interviewed with coach Les Miles over the weekend, becoming the second known coach to interview for the job of replacing Greg Studrawa. Studrawa left the program to pursue other opportunities, the school said.

LSU also interviewed McNeese State offensive line coach Rob Sale, another former LSU lineman.

Wilkerson, 31, worked the past two seasons as the offensive line coach at Grambling under Williams, who was fired early this past season.

Wilkerson, a native of Hemphill, Texas, was a first-team All-SEC and All-America pick in 2004 and worked as a graduate assistant at LSU in 2011. He won the Rimington Trophy in 2004.

“Ben is a very bright guy,” Williams said Sunday night. “He’s more passionate about what he does (than anyone). Ben deserves an opportunity. I’m glad coach Miles gave him a chance to interview him. He did a good job recruiting some good young guys for us.”

Wilkerson signed with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and also played for the Falcons before returning to LSU as a graduate assistant.

Several names have been mentioned for LSU’s open gig, including Baltimore Ravens assistants Todd Washington and Andy Moeller, according to coachingsearch.com. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator the previous five seasons.

Hill announcing Monday

If you want to be the first to know Jeremy Hill’s decision on his future — go pro or return to school — you’ll have to get on Twitter.

The LSU running back is announcing his decision Monday night, according to a tweet Sunday from @JeremyHill33. A team spokesman said he believes the account is Hill’s.

“My big decision will be posted tomorrow night right here on twitter #staytuned,” Hill tweeted Sunday.

The Advocate reported last Monday night, through a source close to Hill, that the redshirt sophomore was leaning toward returning to school. The school, a source said late last week, was expecting Hill to return.

Underclassmen have until Wednesday to declare. Hill is draft-eligible as a sophomore because he did not play his true freshman season.

Hill would be the first draft-eligible LSU player weighing a pro decision to choose to stay in school. Defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson have declared for the draft. Receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry also are expected to turn pro, although they have not made it official.

Left tackle La’el Collins and right guard Trai Turner, a redshirt sophomore, are still weighing options. Collins, projected as a high second-round choice, was “strongly considering” returning to school, a source said Thursday. Turner, off many scouts’ radars, had spoken favorably about returning earlier in the week, his high school coach said.

Hill was second in the Southeastern Conference in regular-season rushing yards and finished the season with 1,401. He piled up 216 yards in the Outback Bowl against Iowa. That was the best single-game rushing performance for an LSU running back since 2004.