DeHart looking for championships

Jarret DeHart may not hail from LSU country, but the powerful left-handed outfielder has always dreamed of going to Omaha as a Tiger. DeHart spoke with TSD's Austin Cooper regarding his future at LSU and what will influence the decision he wil have to make after June's MLB Draft.

The postseason is about to heat up for No. 2 LSU (48-8, 23-7) on Wednesday when the Tigers will play their first game of the SEC Tournament against Alabama. It has become somewhat of a routine for LSU to claim postseason titles in recent years after many successful years in the 90's and early 2000's. Because of the history behind the LSU program, it has been very east to attract top-notch talent to Baton Rouge, something that will certainly continue in the class of 2013.

Shawnee High School's (Medford Nj.) Jarret DeHart is one such recruit that took notice of the culture around the LSU program very early on in his life. It was ultimately one of the main factors in his decision when he had to choose which college he would attend.

"When I was deciding what school I was going to go to, I wanted to go to a school that was going to be in Omaha every year," DeHart told TSD. "They have definitely created that down at LSU and I'm really excited to be a part of that. It will be a great opportunity."

LSU has had a record setting season in 2013 in many different aspects. Even though LSU can't lay claim to winning the overall SEC regular season title, they still had a regular season that ranks among the best in 2013 and over the last several years. The 6-2 205 pound DeHart believes that LSU has a very good chance at coming out on top at the end of the postseason.

"I think they have a great chance," said DeHart. "I think the team is beyond great. They're 48-8 after going through the SEC and playing the best teams in the country. If they keep playing the way that they are playing, I think they have a great chance at winning it all."

DeHart – who will play primarily outfield at LSU – had a chance to watch most of LSU's games throughout the 2013 season. After spending several months checking his future team out, DeHart is more excited than ever to be a part of the program within the next several months.

"It's an awesome feeling," said DeHart. "I'm really lucky to be able to come into a school like that and be able to come into a place with that much culture around their baseball program. It's a huge deal to be a part of something like that."

With DeHart hailing from the Garden State, some have been curious as to why he had so much early interest in LSU. One look at his family will tell the whole story.

DeHart's cousin, Brett Laxton, is a former Tiger pitcher that was part of two National Championships (1993 and 1996) while in Baton Rouge. DeHart has had many opportunities to speak with Laxton over the years about his experiences in Omaha.

"Everything he told me was that it's everything you can imagine, and then some," said DeHart. "He got to pitch in the championship game and it was an experience that he will never forget. He said it is a great thing that I should experience. I hope I get the chance to do that because it would be surreal."

Obviously, DeHart will be one LSU signee to keep a particularly close eye on as the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft approaches, being that he ranks among the best high school seniors in the nation.

DeHart explained that there isn't a whole lot of information available to him about where he may be slotted in next month's draft. Because of this, DeHart is trying to put the idea out of his head at this point in the process.

"There are a few teams that are definitely interested," said DeHart. "I've had several invite me to personal workouts and things like that. I'm just trying to do what I can and take it one day at a time and work hard. I'm trying to take everything in stride and not think about it too much."

"It will take a lot to get me away from LSU because I want to be a part of that."

The championship culture around LSU is what DeHart wants to be a part of. The talented left-handed stick explained that the possibility of getting to Omaha will weigh heavily on his mind when he sits down to make his final decision about whether to start a professional career or join one of the top college programs in the country.

"LSU is definitely one thing that is tough to say no to," said DeHart. "It would be so great to be able to go to Omaha and win a national championship every year. Not many people get to do that and it will definitely factor into my decision."

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