Meet LSU Baseball's 2014 signing class

Paul Mainieri officially introduced Monday his 2014 signing class. Get to know the Tigers' newcomers.

Paul Mainieri officially introduced Monday his 2014 signing class, one he expects to be No. 1 in the country.

The 12-man class includes 11 high schoolers and one junior college transfer. There are seven pitchers and five position players, though one could be a two-way player on the next level. Of the 12 players, five were selected in the MLB Draft but opted instead to come to college.

LSU pulled signees not only from the state of Louisiana, but also from Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina and Missouri. Eight of those 12 have already enrolled at LSU and were on-hand Monday for the introduction.

Below you'll find a photo gallery of the newcomers in attendance Monday, and Mainieri also provides his insight on each one.


Austin Bain, RHP/INF
6-2, 200, R-R
Geismar, La. (Dutchtown HS)

"He is the lone two-way player in the 2014 class. We believe he can make an immediate impact on our pitching staff with his stuff. Austin’s fastball consistently sits in the 90 mph range, and he features a plus breaking ball that he commands. He is a fiery competitor who will fill up the zone and go right after hitters. He will also have the opportunity to compete for a spot in the lineup as he is a good athlete that can swing the bat with authority.”

Grayson Byrd, INF
6-3, 185, L-R
Milton, Ga. (King’s Ridge Christian HS)

“Grayson comes from strong baseball bloodlines as his father, Paul Byrd, is a former LSU Tiger great and 14-year MLB veteran. He was drafted in the 39th round of this year’s MLB Draft and would definitely have been drafted in the top 10 rounds if his commitment to LSU wasn’t so strong. He is a smooth defender who can make all the plays and throws in the infield. Offensively, he possesses an excellent approach at the plate with outstanding strike zone discipline and ability to drive balls gap-to-gap from the left side of the plate. His 6-foot-3 frame gives us the hope that he can continue to develop more strength, which could add more power down the road."

Greg Deichmann, INF
6-2, 190, L-R
Metairie, La. (Brother Martin HS)

"As a high school player entering college, Greg is as close as it gets to the proverbial “five-tool player.” Greg went undrafted for the sole reason that he announced to every MLB team that he did not want to be drafted and wanted to attend LSU. Greg’s ceiling is extremely high and he possesses all of the physical attributes to become a great ballplayer. His biggest tool is his power, as indicated by leading the state of Louisiana in home runs for three straight years. Greg will have the opportunity to help our ball club and will compete for significant playing time immediately.”

Jake Godfrey, RHP
6-3, 215, R-R
New Lenox, Ill. (Providence Catholic HS)

“Jake Godfrey was drafted in the 21st round by the Atlanta Braves and is one of those rare power arms that you don’t always get at the college level. He works a low 90s fastball that gets up to 94 mph on a regular basis. At 6’3”, 215 pounds, he is a physical presence on the mound and has that durable frame that can withhold a strong workload. Jake is one of our three Chicago area signees, and he led his Providence Catholic High School team to the Illinois 4A State Championship this past year. Jake has an opportunity to make a big difference for us on the mound and with the influence of Alan Dunn he could join the list of the great LSU pitchers during his tenure.”

Beau Jordan, OF
5-10, 195, R-R
Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS)

“Beau, and his twin brother Bryce, are from Lake Charles and the rich winning tradition of Barbe High School. As the starting left fielder, Beau won state championships both in his sophomore and senior seasons. He plays a winning brand of baseball and will impact our lineup because he presents an ability to be a difference-maker in different ways. His greatest attribute is his offensive talent and knack for making things happen - reaching base safely and driving in runs. He has an aggressive approach with a compact swing that also exhibits extension through the zone which allows him to drive the ball. Simply put, he is an advanced hitter and baserunner.”

Bryce Jordan, C/INF
5-10, 195, R-R
Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS)

“Although [the brothers] are hard to tell apart, their qualities as players are distinct. Bryce spent his senior season as the starting catcher for Barbe. His defensive skills behind the plate drastically improved throughout his high school career. Bryce encompasses versatility, having played in meaningful games at third base and first base. He is an on-base machine. I don’t think I’ve ever recruited a kid that is more determined to get on base, having set records in high school for getting hit by pitches. He has consistently squared up balls his whole high school career and has all the hitting tools you would look for in a player. He and his brother had a lot to do with the state championships they obtained throughout their careers at Barbe.”

Alex Lange, RHP
6-3, 205, R-R
Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS)

“Alex Lange is from the heartland of the country and has a solid power pitcher’s body. He is a tough competitor who possesses a low 90s fastball with good life down in the zone. He already has a power slider that we feel is a legitimate out pitch in the SEC. Alex was another recruit that expressed to professional baseball his strong desire to play for LSU and, therefore, went undrafted. Along with the rest of the pitchers in this class, we feel he is going to pitch some big innings for us in the 2015 season and beyond. Alex has a bright future and has demonstrated the maturity to be a guy we could potentially count on immediately.”

Jake Latz, LHP
6-2, 185, R-L
Lemont, Ill. (Lemont HS)

“Jake is a left-handed pitcher that we are tremendously excited to get to campus. He was drafted in the 11th round and was a legitimate risk to lose to pro ball. Jake led his high school team on the mound to the 3A Illinois State Championship, where he threw a three-hitter in the championship game. If that wasn’t enough, he was also named the 2014 Illinois Player of the Year, where he struck out 114 batters in 62 1/3 innings of work. Jake will work in the 88-92 range with a plus breaking ball that is a big swing-and-miss pitch for him. Needless to say, we are looking for big things from Jake this upcoming spring.”

Mac Marshall, LHP
6-2, 185, R-L
Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview HS)

“He may be the most highly touted pitching recruit we’ve had since Kevin Gausman. To say we were at high risk of losing him to the draft is an absolute understatement. Mac turned down well over a million dollars in the draft to come to school. We are thrilled to get him to campus. He is a great athlete who repeats his delivery well and has the command of all three of his pitches. I truly believe under the tutelage of Alan Dunn that the sky is the limit for this kid. We have big plans for Mac, and he will certainly help ease the pain of losing our Friday night ace, Aaron Nola.”

Doug Norman, RHP
6-3, 178, R-R
Fort Mill, S.C. (Ardrey Kell HS)

“Doug has the size and arm strength to emerge as a significant contributor for us under Alan Dunn’s guidance. He has an advanced, savvy feel for pitching and changes speeds on all of his offerings. He has a tall, wiry build with a lot of upside and room to fill. He’s an intense competitor and presents good deception in his delivery. One of the traits that stuck out the most in the recruiting process was Doug’s outstanding mound presence and aggressive demeanor on the rubber.”

Mike Papierski, C
6-3, 205, S-R
Lemont, Ill. (Lemont HS)

"The thing that jumps out to you immediately when seeing Mike Papierski is that he looks like a big league catcher. From the body, the actions, and the way he plays the game, Mike is the total package. He’s a 6-foot-3, switch-hitting catcher that shows an outstanding arm from behind the plate. Honestly, his game reminds me a lot of Micah Gibbs, with perhaps a little bit better arm from behind the plate. He’s already emerged as the leader of the freshmen class during the strength and conditioning workouts this summer. He’s worked hard and pushed others - which is an important attribute that you would like to see from your catcher. He can be one of the all-time greats at LSU when his career here is done.”

Colin Strall, RHP
5-10, 170
Suwanee, Ga. (Tallahassee Community College)

"He brings a different look. He has a low, three-quarter [delivery]. When you're trying to develop a bullpen, you want to have as much variation as you can. He does that. He's a strike thrower, gets really good sink on his fastball. He also has great feel for his change. He's a groundball type guy. He shows a lot of confidence. He really wants the ball in crunch time. That's a great trait to have in this conference." (Quote from pitching coach Alan Dunn).

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