Local Standout Grayden Griener Signs With Wave

Greiner becomes fourth family member to play at Tulane, fifth to be part of the Green Wave family

Former De La Salle High School standout Grayden Griener has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Tulane and will be part of the Green Wave squad beginning next season, head coach Rick Jones announced Thursday.

Griener, who primarily played centerfield as a prepster but also saw time behind the plate and on the mound, becomes the fourth player in his family to sign with Tulane and will be the fifth member of his family to become part of the Green Wave athletic department.

"This continues a legacy of Tulane athletes," Jones said. "We've excited to have Grayden and he brings a lot to the table. He's a great athlete who can play several positions for us, and he swings the bat well. Being the third brother to play baseball at Tulane, it's very special to have a player like Grayden on the team."

A two-sport athlete as a prepster, playing both baseball and football all four years, Griener earned All-District 9-5A, All-Orleans and All-Metro honors as a senior after hitting .425 with three home runs and 25 RBI. He earned All-Metro honors his final three seasons at De La Salle, and claimed First-Team 5A All-State honors as a junior when he hit .460 with three homers and 23 RBI.

A four-year starter in high school, Griener hit .573 with seven home runs and 28 RBI as a sophomore on the diamond while earning honorable-mention All-District 10-5A honors as a quarterback on the gridiron.

Griener's father, the late David Griener, played defensive back for the Tulane football team from 1971-73, including a two-interception performance in the Green Wave's historic14-0 win over LSU in '73. Two of his brothers – Kyle and Keith Graffagnini – played baseball at Tulane from 1992-95 and 1995-98, respectively, and a third older brother – Todd – has been the radio voice of Tulane baseball since 1992.


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