Ludwig sets some officials

Eddie Ludwig (6-8, 215) was the first in-state prospect that Trent Johnson offered for the Class of 2009 and after a busy summer that included more than 50 games on the hardwood he is now putting more focus and energy into the recruiting side of things.

“You knew about my offer from LSU and the other in-state schools but since then I got offered by Cal and Davidson in the beginning of August,” said Ludwig. “Cal came out and watched me workout in the beginning of the month and they offered then Davidson offered me after the Orlando Tournament.”


Basketball recruiting has an early signing period in November and a lot of prospects try to get their decision over with so they can focus on their upcoming season.


That is the scenario that Ludwig is looking at but to do that he will have a busy couple of months ahead of him.


“I’d like to sign early so I’ve pretty much made a list of five schools I’m going to visit,” he said. “It’s going to be LSU, Tulane, Davidson, California and probably Vanderbilt.


“I’m going to Cal on August 30 then the next weekend I’m going to LSU. I go to Davidson on September 20 and I don’t have the others set up yet but it will be sometime right after that. Hopefully by September or the early part of October I’ll be able to decide.”


Vanderbilt is the only school from the list that has not extended an offer but Ludwig feels that one may be coming his way soon.


“They have a guy that is ranked in the Top 20 (Ryan Kelly) and I think he’s going to sign with North Carolina and if he does then I think they’ll offer me a scholarship,” said Ludwig.


The five schools that made Ludwig’s visit list all have something in common and played a big role in his interest level with each of them.


“I liked all of the coaches from each school and I just felt that they did the best job of recruiting me,” he said. 


One of the coaches that Ludwig is referring to is LSU’s headman, Trent Johnson and assistant coach Donnie Guerrinoni.


The Tigers have remained in close contact with the Country Day forward and have continued to express their interest in keeping him at home.


“They’ve been talking a lot to my dad but I need to call them,” said Ludwig. “They keep telling my dad how they think I’d be a really good fit for them and it would be a really good fit for me.”


Ludwig grew up an LSU fan, not only in basketball, but all sports. That passion that he has for Tiger athletics is something that could come into play because there is an off-season in basketball.


“It definitely makes the decision harder and it’s something that I look at because it could help swing my decision a certain way,” he said. “If I had a pro’s and con’s list then that would be a pro.”


As for naming a leader, Ludwig is trying to keep everyone on a level playing field but the familiarity that he has with two schools could come into play when decision time arrives.


“Right now, I’m just trying to keep an unbiased opinion through all of my visits but obviously the closer schools like LSU and Tulane I know more about,” he said. “But I’m going to compare them when I go to Davidson and California and see so I can get a whole view on everything. Until then I’m just trying to keep everything as even-keeled as possible.”


Note: Ludwig was an all-State selection as a junior and also tabbed the Class A Outstanding Player of the Year. He averaged 23.2 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists a game.


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