Andy Cannizaro, Alan Dunn and Will Davis have made rounds at various prospect showcase tournaments, hosted recruits for visits and reaped in the rewards of their efforts. The folks at Alex Box Stadium have landed 10 commitments since Sept. 1.
TSD aims to keep you up to date on the latest rumblings from the LSU Baseball recruiting front, and we have some recent notes to pass along from both the Class of 2015 and 2016.
Let’s first take a look at the full list of commits for both classes:
Class of 2015 Commits
RHP Cole McKay – Spring Branch, Texas – Smithson Valley – 6-5, 205
RHP Caleb Gilbert – Hoover, Ala. – Hoover – 6-1, 170
CF Brennan Breaux – Lafayette – St. Thomas More – 6-0, 183
MIF Christopher Reid – Baton Rouge – St. Michael – 5-10, 175
CF Antoine Duplantis - Lafayette - Lafayette - 5-11, 170
LHP Nick Bush - Leesburg, Ga. - Lee County - 6-1, 175
IF/OF Brody Wofford - Rome, Ga. - Model - 6-2, 180
RHP Mitch Kilkenny - Houston - Houston Christian - 6-3, 195
C Jordan Romero - Baton Rouge - LSU-Eunice - 6-2
RHP Jacob Taylor - Picayune, Miss. - Pearl River - 6-3, 215
RHP Riley Smith - Lufkin, Texas - San Jacinto - 6-0, 175
Class of 2016 Commits
RHP Brennan Maddox - Grant - Fairview
SS Josh Smith - Baton Rouge - Catholic
SS Zach Watson - Monroe - West Ouachita
SS Jake Slaughter - Monroe - Ouachita Christian
RHP Eric Walker - Grapevine, Texas - Arlington
IF Mason Templet - Youngsville - St. Thomas More
RHP Riley Pint - Lenexa, Kan. - St. Thomas Aquinas
OF Tyler Smith - Mandeville - Covington
C Ryan January - Swampscott, Mass. - Salisbury
RHP Todd Peterson - Lake Mary, Fla. - Lake Mary
---LSU picked up two new commits over the weekend, one for 2015 and one for 2016. Both made their pledges on Friday:
Right-handed pitcher Riley Smith from San Jacinto College will be a member of the 2015 class. He has a power arm with a fastball that ranges from 90-94 mph. As a freshman last year at San Jacinto, he appeared in 13 games, started 11 and had a 6-2 record. He had 54 strikeouts, compared to 26 walks, in 70 1/3 innings pitched with a 2.30 ERA. Batters hit .247 against him last season.
The Tigers added another righty in 2016 prospect Todd Peterson. He’s one of three elite juniors LSU has landed in the last month. Peterson ranks as the No. 48 overall prospect according to Perfect Game, joining Riley Pint, the No. 1 overall player, and Ryan January, one of the top catchers in his class.
Peterson also has a power arm, with a fastball that can get up to 94 mph on a big 6-foot-5 frame. He also has a sharp 12-6 curveball that plays well off his fastball. Over the weekend at a big tournament in Florida, Peterson threw a three-hitter in seven innings against top competition.
LSU is amassing some top talent for that 2016 class, and now they’ll just have to worry about fending off the professional clubs. But getting them committed this early should help their cause.
---LSU has mostly focused its recent efforts in the 2015 class on junior college prospects. We mentioned Riley Smith, and the Tigers have also recently added RHP Jacob Taylor from Pearl River CC and catcher Jordan Romero from LSU-Eunice.
LSU will soon make a push to add three players from Delgado that would potentially join the 2015 class:
Bryce Adams is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound first baseman originally from The Dunham School. He hit .379 in 50 games last season at Delgado with 35 RBI and four home runs. He also had seven doubles and five triples.
Cody Ducote, originally from Brother Martin, will primarily be recruited as a hitter. He had a .328 average last year with 52 RBI, 42 runs scored and 18 strikeouts in 186 at-bats.
Cole Freeman, a Lakeshore alumnus, will be a middle infielder on the next level. The Tigers are looking for the heir apparent to Alex Bregman at shortstop. While current players like Kramer Robertson or Grayson Byrd could assume that role, LSU wants to also have a more experienced option from the junior college ranks to provide a bit of insurance.
---LSU did have a member of the 2015 class drop his commitment this week. Dylon Poncho announced Monday he had decommitted. Poncho led Kinder to a state championship as a junior, playing shortstop and pitching. According to a source at LSU, Poncho’s situation was related to academics. Poncho would’ve been a middle infielder on the next level. LSU still has Chris Reid and Brody Wofford, two high schoolers in that class projected to be middle infielders.
---LSU will bring half the class of 2015 in for official visits this weekend for the Kentucky football game. The rest of the class will be in Baton Rouge on official visits for the Alabama game.