A confirmed verbal commitment to the Warhawks, Aulds played his high school baseball at West Monroe before signing with juco power LSU-Eunice. Both programs have been fertile grounds for head coach Jeff Schexnaider since he left West Monroe himself for ULM.
Aulds was teammates with ULM players Chris Sinclair and Nick Wade at West Monroe. LSU-Eunice provided the Warhawks with notable stars like Kyle Suire, Matt Collins and Boomer Blanchard in recent years. And ULM went back to LSU-Eunice earlier this year to sign former West Monroe standout Caleb Clowers and Stefan Comeaux.
For Aulds, picking ULM baseball was an easy choice. He plans to make it official with the Warhawks during the upcoming November signing period.
"I'm looking forward to being close to home," Aulds said. "I've been down here at Eunice the last two years. I can't wait to be back home around family."
As a freshman at LSU-Eunice, Aulds hit .411 in 2009 with 83 hits in 202 at-bats. His loaded stat line includes 70 runs scored, three home runs and 62 RBIs. Aulds struck out just 16 times, walked 45 times and had an on-base percentage of .539. LSU-Eunice finished third at the NJCAA Division II World Series at 51-12.
Aulds (5-11, 195) batted .405 with four home runs for West Monroe as a senior in 2008 and was also a starting safety for the Rebels football team.
"I never played for Shake," Aulds said. "He left West Monroe when I was in the eighth grade. But I went to all his Rebel camps when he was head of it."
Aulds, who plays left field as well as first base, fits the hard-nosed profile fans have come to expect from West Monroe and LSU-Eunice products.
"I grew up watching ULM," Aulds said. "I remember being out there when I was little. They had Ben Sheets and Smoke Laval was the head coach."