Prized frosh Mac Marshall withdraws from LSU

Mac Marshall, the headliner of LSU's No. 1 recruiting class, made a shocking decision from Friday, announcing he's withdrawn from LSU to play for a junior college this season

Mac Marshall, the prized signee from LSU's No. 1 ranked recruiting class, has withdrawn from the University and will instead play for a junior college next season.

LSU made the announcement Friday evening in a press release. The Advocate reported that Marshall will enroll at Chipola Community College in Marianna, Fla., about four hours south of his home near Atlanta. Marshall informed the LSU coaches of his decision Friday afternoon.

“Mac has decided to take a different career path, so we wish him well,” Mainieri said in a statement. “We’re moving forward with the pitchers who are here." Mainieri refused to comment further.

Marshall was widely considered the No. 1 prospect in LSU's 2014 signing class. He was expected to compete for a spot in the Tigers' weekend rotation, possibly even the Friday night role. Instead, Marshall will head to a junior college with hopes of entering the 2015 MLB Draft.

Marshall was on the verge of heading of professional after the Houston Astros selected him in the 2014 Draft. He expected to receive a $1.5 million offer from the Astros, but it never came because the team failed to sign Brady Aiken, their No. 1 overall pick. He said at the time he was disappointed but looked forward to starting his career with the Tigers.

By going the junior college route, Marshall will be eligible again for the draft next summer. Had he stayed at LSU, he would've had to wait three full seasons to reenter the draft.

The Tigers signed six other pitchers in the 2014 class, including two others that were also drafted by MLB clubs. LSU begins fall practices on Oct. 6.

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