When Brandon McCabe decided to open back up his recruitment after decommitting from Miami in early July, it didn't take him too long to find a new home at LSU. McCabe knew when he opened up his recruiting process again, he wanted to go to LSU.
"My pitching coach knows Jon Valentine so he told me I should look at LSU. He texted coach Dunn and he came out and looked at me," Perfect Game's No. 19 overall right-hander said. "Before I had even committed anywhere, I wanted to go to LSU, but they didn't show a lot of interest early. So I committed to Miami when they did and I didn't like how they did things down there and got into a fight with Boston College."
The LSU coaching staff likes the way Perfect Game's No. 71 overall player in the country competes on the mound and his slider especially in watching him over the last month. Now that his dream has come true, he can focus on his game even more.
"It's awesome. My family has always wanted me to go there with how LSU is so prestigious with the fans so I really wanted to go there. I'm really happy I ended up being offered," McCabe said.
The No. 4 overall player in Florida hasn't visited LSU, but he'll take his official visit in September. McCabe said he's friends with several LSU commits and was told that the campus is great. The 2017 class is looking forward to getting on campus and going to work.
"I've looked at it online and stuff. I know about the program and that's really all I want. I know the academics are good. I've heard from other commits that the campus is really cool," the 6-2, 190-pound pitcher said. "We don't really talk about goals when we get there, but just about coach Dunn and Mainieri and how great they are. Just talking about getting bigger, being ready to play in three years."
McCabe already put on 15 pounds this summer, which helped with his arm action. That improvement helped him top out as high as 98 MPH on his fastball while consistently clocking in the low-90s.
"I cleaned up my delivery too and I added a third pitch. I can throw a splitter now. Those are my improvements from this summer."
McCabe is LSU's ninth pitcher for the 2017 class and most recently struck out five of 10 batters he faced while giving up no hits in three innings of work at the BCS Finals on Day 4.