Wes Luquette commits to LSU

The East Coast Showcase usually sets the bar each season for "who's who" of high school baseball prospects. Taking place annually in the first weekend of August, the nation's top prospects east of the Mississippi River travel to Lakeland, Florida to compete in front of over 500 scouts, from Major League Baseball down to all the top D-I programs.

Three of the Tiger’s current commitments were on hand, prized pitchers Brody Colvin of St. Thomas More, Jordan Rittiner of Jesuit and Zack Von Rosenberg of Zachary.

         

Of course, the Tiger staff would soon make it four-for-four with Louisiana talent.      

         

Impressed with Wes Luquette (6-0, 200) of Newman in New Orleans, the coaches extended an offer to the catcher earlier this week.

         

“I met the coaches down in Lakeland, and they really liked what they saw,” said Luquette, who hit .307 with two homers and 20 RBI in summer ball with the Louisiana Knights. “They called me earlier this week and told me that I had an offer. Coach [Paul] Mainieri just told me to take a few days to think about things.”

         

Being recruited by North Carolina, Luquette’s father Les said that the coming weekend held a potential visit to Chapel Hill.

         

“They watched Wes for about four days in Lakeland,” Luquette said. “After that they asked us not to make any commitments or anything until they could see him again.”

         

However, Wes put an end to the trip, and the chances of being a Tar Heel, before it began with a call to the LSU baseball office.

         

“I called coach and told him I wanted to be a Tiger,” Luquette said. “He asked if I was sure, and I told him 100 percent.”

         

The New Orleans-native chose the Tigers over heavy interest from both North Carolina and Tulane.

         

“It was tough not to like what Tulane was offering,” Luquette said. “[Assistant] Coach Cressend was recruiting me, and I played for him in summer ball. I really liked everything he has done; I just had to make the decision that was best for me.”

         

Luquette joins Colvin, Rittiner and Von Rosenburg as LSU commits, and he is no stranger to the three.

         

“We are all friends from playing ball in high school,” said Luquette. “We played on the same team down in Lakeland and everything. They talked about me joining them at LSU, but at that point I didn’t have an offer. When I got it I knew I didn’t want to pass my chance up, because there a lot of kids who would take this opportunity.”

         

Finding a back up for Micah Gibbs, who is looking at two more years as catcher for the Tigers, was a primary concern for the Tiger coaching staff with the coming recruiting class.

 

However, that concern no longer exists.

         

“I am ready to get there and start learning,” Luquette said. “I hope I get to play behind Micah in a couple of years, but it really doesn’t matter. I am just going to work as hard as I can and things will happen.”


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