Tigers land commitment from 2014 RHP

The LSU baseball team picked up a commitment over the weekend from RHP Jake Godfrey. The former Notre Dame signee is considered one of the top high school pitchers in the country.

The LSU baseball team received a commitment over the weekend from 2014 RHP Jake Godfrey (New Lenox, Ill. | Providence Catholic), considered one of the top high school arms in the country.

The Tigers first started recruiting Godfrey as a sophomore, but Godfrey committed to Notre Dame the summer before his junior year. Godfrey grew up less than two hours away from South Bend, Ind., and the Irish were his favorite team growing up. He signed with Notre Dame this past November, but he recently received some disappointing news from the Irish coaches.

Godfrey learned that he would not have the grades to get into Notre Dame, so he reopened his recruitment. The LSU coaches heard from some connections close to him that he was interested in the Tigers, as well as UCLA, Louisville and Vanderbilt.

Godfrey took an official visit to Nashville for the Commodores' series against LSU, where he got a firsthand look at Aaron Nola's battle with Tyler Beede on that Friday night.

He followed up that trip with an official visit to Baton Rouge this past weekend, arriving Friday and staying until Sunday. He made his commitment to the Tigers during breakfast with the coaches on the final day of his visit.

"He really appreciated the level of commitment our athletic department makes to baseball, the fans, the facilities," said a source close to the program. "He really meshed well with Alan Dunn. This kid coming into it was going to play the pro draft, but a weekend like this opened his eyes. He can come here for three years and work with a pro-ball pitching coach."

LSU was mostly finished with the 2014 recruiting class after signing 12 players this past fall. The coaches were hoping to add another pitcher though and had their eyes on some JUCO prospects. But considering they already had a history with Godfrey, they decided to make a hard push for him.

"We felt if we could land a kid like that in the program, he could make a difference," said our source.

The next step for LSU will be making sure he gets to campus. Godfrey ranks as one of the top high school prospects for the upcoming MLB Draft in June, and Scout's Kiley McDaniel pegged him as a possible third-round selection. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Godfrey has a fastball that sits between 90-92 mph with heavy sink and a hard slider between 87-88 mph.

Our source said he has "weekend caliber" stuff and can be a key member of the pitching staff as a freshman. Our source grouped him with fellow signees Mac Marshall and Alex Lange as elite pitchers in the class, and the coaches are hopeful to get at least two of the three on campus.

"When you get these commitments, you have to maintain that feeling he had when he committed as long as you can long after the mood is over," our source said.


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