Dreams of Omaha will influence Longhi

Venice High School standout Nick Longhi closed out his high school career with a second-straight state title. He will now look to carry that success with him to Baton Rouge. Longhi spoke with TSD's Austin Cooper regarding the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft and what will influence his final decision.

When Venice High School (Venice, Fl.) first baseman Nick Longhi signed with LSU in November, there was no doubt in his mind that he had picked a college that would allow him to showcase his true talents. The 6-2 208 pound Longhi had a pretty good idea that the Tigers would tear through their 2013 schedule from his conversations with the LSU coaching staff, but he had no idea just how dominant they would actually be.

For Longhi, the 2013 season has been very indicative as to what kind of a program LSU has and how much of an influence the championship culture is around the Baton Rouge area. This championship culture is what ultimately drew the right-handed hitter to want to wear the Purple and Gold.

"My goal after high school is the same as anyone's that plays college baseball," Longhi told TSD. "I want to play for a National Championship and LSU gave me that opportunity. I want to be the best and play with the best and LSU will be that this year and when I get there."

"LSU racked up in their 2013 recruiting class and after this season, I only see good things for the future."

After seeing LSU compile a regular-season record of 48-8, while setting several school records along the way, Longhi - who was named a Rawlings 2013 first-team All-American - is more excited than ever to be a part of it all next season.

"I'm so excited for it all next year," said Longhi. "I have bragging rights at my school right now and I think they will do it again for many years. I'm excited to watch them this year and be there next year. I fully plan on being in the postseason with those guys next season."

With LSU now taking part in the SEC Tournament, there is still a long road for the Tigers to make it to Omaha. However, that hasn't stopped Longhi from looking ahead and breaking down LSU's chances at a National Championship.

"I don't want to speak too soon, but I feel really good about them this postseason because of how they have looked this year," said Longhi. "With the way they played in the regular season, I think it will be really difficult for anyone to stop them. LSU will have to play their best, but I see them going pretty far this postseason."

While he still has quite some time before he is on the LSU campus, Longhi has gotten a small taste of what it would be like to be a part of a program like LSU's. From the beginning of the process, Longhi has loved everything about LSU and now it is starting to become a reality.

"It really gets me fired up to know that I will be playing at the next level on one of, if not the best college baseball programs in the nation," said Longhi. "I grew up in Florida, but I've loved LSU since I was little. It's great to know that I'm going to play at a place that I love, especially with the type of program and players that they have."

LSU currently stands a great chance of making it back to Omaha for the first time since 2009, as long as they take care of business over the next few weeks. Having an opportunity to play in Omaha is something that Longhi has dreamed of since he was a child and it continues to be an enormous goal of his.

"It would be a childhood dream," said Longhi. "I've told my dad since I was little that I wanted to play in the College World Series and then the real World Series. Playing in Omaha against the best of the best would really be something that I would remember forever and I look forward to that opportunity."

Clearly, Longhi is one to keep an eye on as the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft approaches. Ranked among the top-100 high school seniors, there is a decent chance that Longhi will be picked high enough to have to consider whether or not to pass up his opportunity at LSU. For now, Longhi is just going through the process and trying to gauge what professional organizations think of him.

"I've gone through a couple more private workouts and in-home visits with some teams," said Longhi. "We are just discussing some general things like whether or not I would be interested in playing pro ball. We haven't gotten into money or rounds yet, but more just signability stuff."

Regardless of where is he ultimately picked in next month's draft, Longhi has one huge thing that he is planning on considering before making a final decision about his future.

"The though of Omaha will absolutely come into play," said Longhi. "Come draft day, it is something that I am really going to have to think about. It's going to be the hardest decision of my life because it determines my future. I don't think I will be disappointed with any decision that I make, but we have to see where the chips fall."

"I have two options. I could either start a professional career or play at the best baseball school in the nation. It's almost like the decision I had to make between Miami and LSU. I wouldn't have been disappointed with either, but I just followed my heart."

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