Cartwright has dynasty plans

When Runnels High School RHP Alden Cartwright committed to play baseball at LSU, it was a very easy decision. Cartwright recently spoke with TSD's Austin Cooper about what it means to be a Tiger and what he thinks the future holds for the LSU program.

As LSU continues their run through their 2013 schedule, the Tigers have countless playmakers waiting in the wings to step in and contribute next season in their first year on campus. One such player is Runnels High School right-handed pitcher Alden Cartwright. The talented righty is rated among the top high school seniors in the state of Louisiana for the class of 2013 and the Bayou Bengals were able to lock him up early in the process. For Cartwright, the decision to commit to LSU when they offered was a very easy one.

"There was always no question that I wanted to play at LSU," Cartwright told TSD. "I started going to their camps was when I was a freshman and that's when they noticed me. They really started to notice me when I played for Marucci."

Cartwright isn't the type of pitcher that will blow you away with his fastball or intimidate you with his physical attributes. However, what he does have is something that is perhaps more important than supreme physical ability.

Even though it took LSU a while to see the competitive nature of Cartwright, they eventually did and an offer came quickly for the 6-0 180 pound pitcher.

"I don't throw as hard as most and I'm only six feet tall, but I play with a lot of heart," said Cartwright. "I think LSU finally saw that. It took a while to get the offer from them, but I committed right away because I didn't want to look anywhere else."

Because of his talents, Cartwright had several options to choose from before he settled on LSU. With that said, Cartwright explained that he never seriously considered anyone until he received his offer from the Tigers.

"I had several options, but once I got the offer from LSU, I took it and ran with it," said Cartwright. "I committed to LSU in October of my junior year, so I shut things down quickly."

When he officially joined the LSU family by signing with the Tigers in November, it was a dream come true for Cartwright.

"It has been my dream since I was little to play for LSU, especially because I'm from Baton Rouge," said Cartwright. "Signing with them has been surreal and awesome. I remember watching [former LSU catcher] Brad Cresse during the 2000 World Series and just hoping that I could make it there one day."

Since he got his commitment out of the way early, Cartwright used his time to focus on his high school season and watch his future team tear through their 2013 schedule.

The season that the Tigers are having this year is not all that surprising to Cartwright. He also fully expects the success to continue for many years to come because of the efforts of the LSU coaching staff.

"I knew they were going to do it because of the talent that they have," said Cartwright. "The coaches were talking about how excited they were before the season started because of everyone that they have. LSU has continued to sign big-time kids and I think we are going to go on another dynasty run over the next few years."

"Most of this signing class has played together in some capacity over the years already. Everything will be there and it is just exciting to think about it. They have a very good chance at winning it all this year, too."

One of the main reasons that Cartwright pulled the trigger for LSU so early in the process is because of his comfort level with the LSU coaching staff. Even after his signing, Cartwright still hears from the staff on a regular basis.

"My relationship is very good with all of the coaches," said Cartwright. "I've known them for three or four years. I think coach Javi Sanchez is one of the best recruiters in the nation. He always checks in on my family and I. I talk to coach Dunn all the time about pitching and life."

"I can't say enough good things about coach Paul Mainieri and how he has handled everything. The coaching staff is doing a great job and they make it easy to want to go there."

The topics of discussion between the LSU staff and Cartwright include many different things. The main one has been when Cartwright will arrive on campus prior to his freshman season.

"I agreed to enroll in summer school and start working out with them," said Cartwright. "I don't know what they have planned for me in terms of playing time, but I would just love to contribute in any way possible."

In terms of how the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft may affect him, Cartwright explained that he only has one thing on his mind at this point and nothing can change it.

"Not at all," said Cartwright, when asked if he would consider skipping college for professional baseball. "It doesn't matter what type of offer I get, if I even get one, I'm going to LSU. Going there will do a ton for me in the long run, plus it's been a dream of mine. I'm ready to be a Tiger."

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