It was LSU all along for Yorks

LSU has collected quite a class for the 2013 recruiting cycle. Barbe High School standout Charlie Yorks is one of the players from Louisiana that LSU was happy to lock down early in the process. Yorks spoke with TSD's Austin Cooper regarding his recruitment and when he will be enrolling at LSU.

LSU Baseball has certainly racked up the commitments from out of state prospects for the class of 2013. However, the Tigers have also locked down the top talent inside their own state. One of the instate players that LSU landed for the current recruiting cycle is Barbe High School outfielder Charlie Yorks. The 6-1 200 pound Yorks has already signed with LSU and is in the process of chasing a second straight State Championship with the Bucs. With his team already off to an 18-3 start, Yorks believes that he has had a very productive spring so far.

"I've been doing well," Yorks told TSD. "Our coach really doesn't let us know our stats too much. I know we are hitting .385 as a team. The power numbers are down a little for me as I only have one homerun this season. I'm a lefty though, and our field isn't kind to lefties."

While the recruiting process started slowly for Yorks, he eventually got the offer he had been hoping for from the Bayou Bengals. Yorks explained that he already knew where he wanted to be before the LSU offer came through.

"When I was being recruited by some smaller schools, I was interested in them, but LSU was always my favorite," said Yorks. "I have wanted to go to LSU since I was eight years old. I committed as soon as I was offered and I got that offer at a camp before my junior season."

"When they offered me, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be there. It was a dream of mine to play there."

Yorks had several other options to choose from in the process besides LSU. He was also receiving heavy interest from another SEC program before he gave LSU his commitment.

"I had offers from McNeese State, UL-Lafayette, and I had just recently scheduled a camp to Arkansas," said Yorks. "When I committed to LSU, I backed out of that because I knew Arkansas was very interested. I didn't get that many offers because I took myself off the market pretty early in the process."

Since his signing, Yorks has maintained contact with the LSU staff about his future in Baton Rouge. York explained that the LSU coaches have informed him that they would like to do whatever it takes to get him into the lineup in his first season on campus.

"I've talked briefly with the coaches here or there since I committed," said Yorks. "They've been to several of my games. Their main focus for me is hitting and they want me to hit early. They want me to come in and add some power to the lineup and play solid defense."

"They have told me that I am a great hitter and that they want to do whatever it takes to get me in the lineup."

Personally, Yorks isn't taking anything as guaranteed. The talented outfielder hopes to help the Tigers in his first season on campus, whether that is in a major role or as a situational guy.

"Any way that they want me to," said Yorks. "If they want me to play outfield or first base, I'll do whatever I can to help them. Left-handed bats are very valuable in the lineup. I'm excited to see how they want to use me. I'll do whatever it takes."

Like most other LSU recruits, Yorks has been watching the Tigers very closely throughout the 2013 season. What he has seen from his future teammates has added to the anticipation of getting on campus and getting to work.

"It's been exciting," said Yorks. "They have a very young lineup so those guys are going to be there when I get there. It's a lot of fun to watch the older guys hit as well. One through nine they are tons of fun to watch. How everything bounces around is very interesting to see and they have one of the most dangerous lineups in the country."

With the Major League Baseball Draft taking place in June, Yorks believes that he isn't a commitment that the LSU staff will have to worry about signing a professional contract. Yorks plans to enroll pretty early at LSU and hasn't given any thought to not being in Baton Rouge this summer.

"My guess is that I will not be drafted this year, just form the little that I have heard," said Yorks. "That's fine with me and I'm actually enrolling in June so I will be going to class shortly after the draft. I've wanted to go there my entire life so there wasn't really any chance of me not going to LSU anyway."


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