Things up in the air for Poche

With Jared Poche signed and ready to get to LSU, the Tigers will be adding a very powerful left-handed arm to their pitching staff. The talented lefty compiled eye-popping statistics as a senior at Lutcher High School and wil look for things to carry over at the next level.

Lutcher High School (La.) senior pitcher Jared Poche had a senior season to remember in 2013. The 6-1 195 pound LSU signee was able to focus all of his attention to his team's quest for a State Championship after officially becoming a member of the LSU program when he signed in November. Poche will fill a void in the Tiger's pitching staff next season, especially because sophomore Cody Glenn and freshman Hunter Devall will be the only returning left-handers on the staff.

One look at his senior statistics and it's very easy to see why Poche was so coveted by the LSU staff. In 2013, Poche compiled a record of 12-0 to go along with 0.61 ERA and 143 strikeouts through 80 innings on the mound. With a season like this, Poche couldn't have hoped for a better ending to his high school career.

"My senior year went perfectly," Poche told TSD. "Everything that I wanted to do, I accomplished. We set goals at the beginning at the season and we accomplished all of those. I also accomplished all of my personal goals and my hard work paid off. We won the 4A State Championship."

The decision to accept the offer he received from LSU was an easy one for Poche. There were numerous factors that went into his final decision, but it didn't take Poche long to identify all of them.

"Me being from Louisiana and it being close to home made it easy," said Poche. "I grew up watching LSU when I was little and it was a dream come true. They offered me really early and I committed on the spot. LSU was the only actual offer that I had, so I was very fortunate."

With his high school career now in the books, Poche is now preparing to make the move to Baton Rouge and LSU, something that he has been looking forward to for a very long time.

"It feels really great that I'm going to play for one of the top programs in the country," said Poche. "I love the way they handle things on and off the field. The fans and everything with LSU in Louisiana are great. It's a remarkable feeling to know that my next stop is LSU."

LSU also signed a close friend of Poche's, Alden Cartwright, in their 2013 signing class. Not only is Poche excited about joining a program that is near the top of the college baseball world, but he will also be fulfilling goals that he and Cartwright established many years ago.

"We plan on rooming together in college," said Poche. "We have been playing baseball together since we were nine years old. We always said that we were going to go to LSU together and room together. We have always dreamed of winning it all in Omaha together there since we were little. It's going to be awesome."

With Poche preparing for LSU, he explained that the coaching staff has been in very regular contact with him all spring. While he isn't exactly sure what LSU's plans are for him, Poche knows that he has to come in and prove that he is worthy of being there.

"We have a really good relationship," said Poche. Coach [Alan] Dunn always wanted to know how I did after every one of my outings. I go to the games and talk to them a lot. I haven't really talked to them about my role next year, but I do know that I have to go in and prove myself. The rest will take care of itself."

Poche believes that he could contribute to LSU early in several different aspects of the game.

"I think that I would like to come in and help the team out in any way that I can," said Poche. "Even if it is me hitting or pitching, I just want to do whatever I can to help them win games and get to Omaha."

LSU's Paul Mainieri has also left the possibilities of roles up in the air for Poche, with him expecting to receive a shot in several areas.

"Coach Mainieri talked to me about it in the fall, and they will give me a shot at the plate," said Poche. "I'm coming in as a pitcher, but they are going to give me a shot at the plate."

Because of the incredible season that he put together in 2013, Poche drastically increased his chances of getting picked in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, taking place in June. With it quickly approaching, Poche doesn't have a good gauge of where he will end up when the dust settles.

"I had a lot of scouts watching me this season," said Poche. "They haven't talked to me lately about anything, so I'm not really sure where things stand. I think I may get drafted, but I'm not sure how high I would go. It's up in the air at this point."

"My parents and I haven't really talked to anyone about the draft and everything at this point. I'll worry about all of that later on when the time comes."

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