2019 wide receiver impressed by LSU offense, Tiger Stadium
By: Patrick Engel
LSU’s offense has come to life following Ed Orgeron’s promotion to head coach, and the Oct. 22 win vs. Ole Miss was no exception. The 38-21 win impressed 2019 four-star Amite (La.) wide receiver Devonta Lee, who visited for the game.
“They’ve opened up the offense more, playing out of the shotgun and throwing more to the receivers,” Lee said. “They’re starting to air the ball out, and that’s what I like.”
The improvement in the passing game was just part of the experience for Lee. He watched part from the sidelines and even saw Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu at the game.
“It was the best game I’ve ever experienced,” Lee said. “I’ve never seen fans like that, with so much pride,” Lee said. “I loved the experience and loved how they compete on both sides of the ball.”
A better passing offense is just one of the changes Orgeron has brought since taking over in September. Most interim coaches don’t get into recruiting much. Orgeron has still been aggressively selling LSU, bringing in impressive groups of visitors for home games and even handed out a few offers.
“He’s always there for recruits. He’s a great man,” Lee said of Orgeron. “He shows a ton of pride. He means a lot.”
The 6-foot-2 Lee also visited Alabama on Oct. 1 and Ole Miss on Sept. 17. He says he’s hoping to get back for LSU’s final home game vs. Florida. Right now, the sophomore has offers from Arkansas, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. Lee visited for the LSU-Alabama game too was impressed.
"That was the best game I've seen this year so far on both sides of the ball. They competed and didn't give up. I like how the fans was into the game to make the players get hype."
Lee is teammates with a 2017 LSU target, five-star wide receiver Devonta Smith, who’s the No. 2 receiver in his class. He has watched Smith go through the recruiting process and says he is in no rush to make a decision.
“It really looks stressful watching Devonta go through the recruiting process right now,” Lee told Scout’s Chad Simmons. “He has a lot of people coming at him and it is on his mind a lot. I know it will be tough for me too, but watching him really is helping me with this. I am watching how he handles all of this, how he makes his choice and I am just trying to see what I can learn from him.
“I know when it comes my turn later on, I will be able to handle it better because of Devonta.”
Oklahoma shortstop talks signing with LSU
By: Billy Embody
Norman (Okla.) North shortstop Hal Hughes put pen to paper this week and signed with LSU Baseball. For Hughes, who came into last summer without any offers, to finally sign was exciting and a relief.
"I'm just real excited. It's just a relief to get it all over with and make it official. I'm just excited to get down there next fall and get things going," Hughes said. "It's pretty crazy. It happened real fast for me. Coming into this summer, I didn't have any offers. I was able to make a decision I was very happy with and I'm 100 percent happy with."
Paul Mainieri and Alan Dunn talked with Hughes following his signing to congratulate him.
"They were just congratulating me and looking forward to having me on campus. They were excited to have me to be officially part of the family," Hughes said.
The 5-11, 165-pound shortstop is the No. 91 ranked overall shortstop in the country according to Perfect Game and can't wait to get to work for his freshman season at LSU next fall.
"I'm going to get in the weight room as much as possible and kind of get ready and keep working hard. This is just the beginning for me. A lot of people might want to slack off, but for me, I want to keep working so I can be ready as a player."
LSU Baseball adds versatile player in 2017 class
By: Billy Embody
Youngsville (La.) Teurlings Catholic outfielder Nick Webre signed with LSU Baseball this week and the coaching staff immediately reached out to congratulate and welcome the No. 101 ranked outfielder by Perfect Game into the LSU family.
"Honestly, you always say it's a dream come true to sign. I've said this is better to be officially part of the family. It's awesome," Webre said. "They texted me today to congratulate me and welcoming me. It was awesome to have such a great coaching staff behind me."
Paul Mainieri and the staff conveyed that if Webre's bat is going, the staff will find him a spot to earn early playing time when he arrives at LSU next fall.
"It was a lot of excitement. They were saying I can be a very versatile player. I'm the kind of guy that doesn't have to stay in one spot so he was very excited about that to have a guy like that. He wanted to see how my bat would be. Definitely want to compete and play from day 1. It's going to be fun."
Webre took his unofficial and official this fall and said that the home feeling he got sealed the deal for him as well as the campus.
"Just felt like home. Not too close to home, but not in my backyard. Love the tradition they carry, love the legacy and want to carry that on," Webre said. "I think the campus is awesome. It's big, but it feels like home. It's a lot of options and tools as an athlete and as academically to succeed."
LSU is getting a versatile players that can move all over the field for the Tigers.
"I see myself as a corner outfielder or corner infielder. We talked about if my bat is producing, the position is going to come. If the bat there, the position is going to be there. I'm probably going to have to move around because they've got some very talented outfielders. I hope to compete with them, but if that's not the case, I can go to corner infielder or even catcher."
There's still work left to be done though before arriving at LSU.
"I'm working on my speed the most. Getting that 60 time down. Lot of speed and agility training. Trying to get my bat more consistent, squaring up to the ball. Lot of time in the cage and tee drills, but it's probably the speed the most."
Webre values this history of LSU Baseball, especially being from Louisiana.
"It's exciting in itself. Being able to play in the Box and compete with the best in the country," Webre said. "I think it's going to be a great experience and great opportunity. The players they have going through there speaks for itself. They're going to prepare you for the next level and as a man in general."
Schroer signs with LSU giving Tigers one of the top righties
By: Billy Embody
Two years ago, right-handed pitcher Matt Schroer visited Baton Rouge for the first time for a camp and now, he's an LSU Tiger.
"It's surreal. It's something else. Finally signing and being a part of this program, it's crazy," Schorer said. "I just started talking with the coaches and all of them were outstanding. Communication just kept going through a couple months and they offered and I committed a week later. The place just felt right for me. Felt like home. I just knew it was the right place for me."
Andy Cannizaro lead Schorer's recruitment, but coach Alan Dunn and Paul Mainieri also kept in touch throughout. Cannizaro was named Mississippi State's baseball coach last week.
"He's an outstanding pitching coach. He's won the best pitching coach. I have full confidence that he's going to help me be the best pitcher I can be," "Mainieri, his track record is great. The amount of baseball he's coached and wins he's gotten. The way he's turned the LSU Baseball program into a success is great."
Right now, Schroer's stuff is right about where he wants it while he continues to develop his pitches.
"Fastball is in the low 90's. My curveball is pretty good. My changeup is getting better. I feel as a freshman, hope I get the opportunity to show my stuff and be a part of a team that can go to Omaha this year. I'm just focused on becoming the best pitcher I can be and hopefully after three years, getting drafted.""
The history and tradition of LSU Baseball is something Schroer just couldn't pass up especially after he saw how well athletes were received on LSU's campus.
"It's one of the best programs in the country and it has been since it's started. It's the sports capital of the world for college sports. Everybody was obsessed with all the baseball and football players and treated them like celebrities. It was awesome."