Things heating up for Longhi

Venice High School first baseman/outfielder Nick Longhi has been committed to LSU since his junior year and has already signed with the Tigers. Longhi spoke with TSD's Austin Cooper about the season that LSU is having and what he thinks the Major League Baseball Draft has in store for him.

Venice High School (FL) first baseman/outfielder Nick Longhi has had his college decision made for quite some time. The 6-2 200 pound Longhi committed to LSU during his junior year of high school and signed with the Tigers during the early signing period in November.

Prior to making his commitment to the Tigers, Longhi was one of the most sought after baseball recruits in the country. He routinely ranked among the top performers at showcases, including a number three ranking in the Amateur Baseball Report's Top-30 players. Longhi was named a first-team Rawlings/Perfect Game All-American after his junior season, in addition to numerous other awards that he received.

With his commitment out of the way, Longhi has been focused on having a successful senior season for his high school. Even if his performance is lacking a bit so far this season, Longhi explained that he is trying to find ways to contribute for his team.

"The high school season is going well," said Longhi. "I'm having a lot of fun, but I'm not playing the way that I know I can. All I'm trying to do right now is help the team win by doing everything that I know how to do. I think I've been successful in doing that."

Even though he has been committed to LSU for over a year, Longhi explained that he still maintains regular contact with the coaching staff. However, the discussions have started to pertain to what will be expected out of Longhi once he gets to Baton Rouge.

"I keep in touch with Javi [Sanchez] on a consistent basis," said Longhi. "I talk to him more than anyone else. I talk to Coach [Paul] Mainieri about every other week or so. We talk about where I'll play and stuff."

"They haven't really talked position wise, but they want me to play outfield or first base. They told me that if I can hit the ball the way they expect me to, that they will put me in the lineup and worry about a position later."

With LSU (30-2, 11-1) off to the best start in school history in 2013, Longhi has taken notice. Watching LSU do what they have done so far this season has Longhi excited about being a part of it next year. He explained that it also has other benefits.

"It's incredible to watch them do that," said Longhi. "It makes me very excited to know that I'll get to be a part of that. Coach Javi has those guys swinging the bats this year. It is pretty incredible to watch the shortstop, Alex Bregman, doing what he is doing. Mason Katz is having a great year. It seems like he is due for a homer every time he is at the plate."

"It's amazing to watch. It's also fun to rub it in the faces of my friends that have committed to other schools."

Longhi is yet another LSU signee that is not only coveted by colleges, but also by nearly every professional organization. At this point, Longhi explained the discussions he has had with front offices have been fairly routine with no new developments. However, he has had a chance to attend some private workouts, with more likely to happen in the future.

"A lot of the stuff has just been asking me when I'm playing and things like that," said Longhi. "They have started inviting me to private workouts and then they have all been trying to set up meetings and things like that. I think I have heard from 27 teams at this point."

"Between everything, I have had 13 in home visits with more set up for after the season. I think I've gone to about eight or ten private workouts."

One thing that has not been discussed specifically is where Longhi might stack up on draft boards of organizations. Longhi expects that those talks will start to happen as the Major League Baseball Draft approaches.

"They want to start talking after more meetings occur and when the draft is starting to get closer," said Longhi. "Right now they are just trying to get to know me and my family to see what kind of a person I am."

Personally, Longhi has his hopes of where he will go in the draft, something that he believes that he can't really predict at this point in the process.

"The kid in me wants to hope that I go first overall," said Longhi. "Sometimes you have to be more realistic, but I honestly have no idea where I will be going. I can't even begin to think how much MLB teams like me. It could differ from team to team about where I stand."

Even though it has been a dream to play professional baseball for Longhi, he also understands the opportunity and experience that awaits him should he attend LSU. Because of that, Longhi explained that it would take a lot for him to not end up in an LSU uniform.

"It would have to be something that I just couldn't turn down," said Longhi. "It would have to be life-changing to turn down LSU. It would have to be something that would out-value a college education."

"I'll just have to cross that bridge when I get to it, but three or four years of baseball at LSU would definitely be more exciting than minor league baseball because of the incredible atmosphere."

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