The early signing period yielded seven in-state players and two out-of-state signees for the Cajun staff. Below is the list of student athletes that signed during the early signing period.
Chase Compton, INF/OF/P (Northshore,HS)
The 6-1",190-pound Compton was named to the all-state tournament team last season after helping nationally ranked Northshore win the Class 5A state title. He hit .361 with 12 doubles, six home runs, 41 runs and 35 RBIs and also had six wins and a 3.61 ERA in 18 appearances. LSU, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and New Orleans also showed interest in him.
Ryan Leonards, INF/P (Notre Dame,HS)
Leonards "5-11",175-pound junior, was a first team Class 3A all-state pick and first team All-District after hitting .471 with eight triples, 37 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He also went 6-2 with a 1.92 ERA for a team that reached the state tournament and is coached by Tim Robichaux, the twin brother of UL head Tony Robichaux at Notre Dame high in Crowley. Ryan is also the starting quarterback for the number ranked #1 ranked 3A Notre Dame Pios football team.
Michael Strentz, Catcher (Comeaux,HS)
The "6-0",190-pound Strentz was named first team all-district as a junior,hitting .398 with 15 doubles, 10 home runs and 35 RBIs to go with nine steals. Strentz is also the starting quarterback for the playoff bound Spartan football team. LSU, Tulane, McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana also expressed interest.
Tony Dischler,RHP (LSU-E,ULM transfer)
Tony Dischler earned all-district honors as a junior and senior at Rayne High, before signing with ULM. Dischler was recruited by current UL assistant Mike Trahan while at ULM. After going 2-1 with a 9.64 ERA in seven appearances in 2009, he decided that Monroe was no longer the right fit. He almost signed with Chipola Junior College in Florida before ending up at LSU Eunice.
Dischler participated in the New York Collegiate Baseball League this past summer and was rated the No. 8 prospect in the league by Perfect Game after going 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 38 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 38 innings for the Glen Falls Golden Eagles. The "6-4", 200-pound righty has been clocked in the low-90s and is considered a MLB draft prospect.
Dominic Francia OF (St. Pauls, Moblie,Ala)
The "5-10",175-pound Francia is a speedy outfielder that hit over .350 helping St. Paul's in Alabama advance to the Class 5A state semifinals as a junior. Dominic also plays for the Baton Rouge-based Maurcci Elite, one of the nation's top travel teams. Francia is also considered a solid college football prospect at the cornerback position and had early interest from Auburn University and UAB.
Jordan Bourque INF (Teurlings,HS- LSUE)
The "5-10", 170-pound Bourque was a all-district player as a senior at Teurlings Catholic before signing with LSU-E. Jordan hit .405 with 17 doubles,54 RBIs and 20 SB as a freshman for the nationally ranked NJCAA Div II Tigers. Jordan's older brother, Justin Bourque also played at UL and Teurlings High.
Kyle Neely LHP (Merryville,HS)
The "5-11", 175-pound lefthanded Neely was a a preseason Louisville Slugger second team All-American as a junior and was honorable mention all-state in Class 1A, the District 5-1A Player of the Year. He went 7-3 with a 1.96 ERA and struck out 110 of 254 batters faced. He had also been offered by McNeese State.
Caleb Kellogg RHP/OF (DeQuincy,HS)
The "6-1", 175-pound Kellogg was a Class 2A all-state player after going 10-4 as a sophomore at DeQuincy before being a first team All-District 21-3A pick as a junior in Texas at Bridge City before moving back to Louisiana.
Kellogg's Pergame Crosschecker profile describes Caleb as Medium athletic build, projectable strength. Full delivery, good pace, H 3/4's release, good extension, throws downhill. 86-88 mph FB, CB is best pitch, shows good power/spin at times, 10/4 shape. Repeats delivery well, throws strikes. Good looking overall athlete.
Matt Hicks RHP/INF (Bridge City HS,TX)
The "5-10", 175-pound Hicks played at Bridge City last season with Kellogg. Last season Hicks was the District 21-3A Co-MVP, finishing his junior year 13-3,with 136 strikeouts and a 1.60 ERA. Matt was a big playmaker at the plate as well for the Cardinals. His .372 batting average included 21 RBIs, 14 doubles, a triple and two home runs. He had 32 hits and scored 37 runs.
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