CORRECTION- 7 drafted players stick with LSU

The news is mostly good for LSU baseball coach Smoke Laval on Monday, the first day of classes at the university. Attendance rolls taken Monday indicate that seven players taken in the Major League draft were in class today, indicating they have decided to end negoitations with their respective teams and play for the Tigers in 2002.

Returning players Sean Barker (46th round, Toronto Blue Jays) and right-handed pitcher Billy Brian (47th round, Cleveland Indians) were all in their seats today, and they were joined by newcomers Jonathan Zeringue of Thibodaux-E.D. White (third round, Chicago White Sox); outfielder Jay Mattox of Conway, Ark. (fourth round, Chicago White Sox); outfielder Dustin Hahn of Reno, Nev. (21st round, Baltimore Orioles); pitcher Jason Vargas of Apple Valley, Calif. (43rd round, Minnesota Twins); and first baseman Jason Columbus of Alamagordo, N.M. (49th round, Cleveland Indians). 

Outfielder Todd Linden (supplemental first round, San Francisco Giants), and second baseman Mike Fontenot (first round, Baltimore Orioles) are the only player in limbo. They were not in class on Monday but have not signed a professional contract. Negotiations between the players and teams can continue as long as the players do not attend class. 

Also in class Monday was Thomas Davis, a forward on the LSU basketball team who transferred from Kilgore (Texas) Junior College. The Tigers' second JUCO transfer, Shawnson Johnson, is expected to be in class Tuesday upon completion of paperwork from his old school, Lee College in Texas.


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