Collegiate Baseball Ranks LSU Class No. 1

by Bill Franques
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Collegiate Baseball Ranks LSU Class No. 1

From Collegiate Baseball magazine:

TUCSON, Ariz. — LSU landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to Collegiate Baseball’s 2018 evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.

It marks the Tigers’ fifth national recruiting title after also landing top classes in 2014, 2010, 2007 and 2004 by Collegiate Baseball. This is the ninth time in the last 10 years that a Southeastern Conference team has won the recruiting championship.

The Tigers landed an impressive haul of 16 newcomers that features seven drafted players. Six were drafted last June while another was chosen in the 2017 MLB Draft.

The players include:
• RHP Landon Marceaux (Destrehan H.S., LA), 37th round Yankees
• RHP Cole Henry (Florence H.S., AL), 38th round Detroit
• C C.J.Willis (Ruston H.S., LA), 39th round Tampa Bay
• RHP Jaden Hill (Ashdown H.S., AR), 38th round St. Louis
• OF Giovanni DiGiacomo (Canterbury H.S., Naples, FL), 29th Pittsburgh
• LHP Easton McMurray (Liberty H.S., Bakersfield, CA), 37th round Colorado
• C Saul Garza (Howard J.C., TX), 31st round in 2017 St. Louis

Other superb members of this class include:
• 1B Cade Beloso (John Curtis H.S., New Orleans, LA), Gatorade Player of The Year in Louisiana.
• INF Drew Bianco (Oxford H.S.,MS), 5A Player of The Year in Mississippi.
• RHP Chase Costello (Pompano Beach H.S., FL), H.S. All-American.
• INF Gavin Dugas (Houma Christian H.S., LA), H.S. All-American.
• RHP Aaron George (San Jacinto J.C., TX), All-Conference.
• RHP Will Ripoll (John Curtis H.S., New Orleans, LA), H.S. All-American.

“This is a great class,” said LSU assistant coach Nolan Cain. “We could not be more excited with the way the draft worked out and with the players we have coming in.

“We had quite a few draft risks in this class and were very excited with the outcome of only two signing (Brice Turang 1st round and Levi Kelly 8th round). We were able to land three catchers in this class, which was a very important position in our program to upgrade and improve. We landed nine high-level arms. Out of the top three, we were hoping to get one, and we got all three.”

A complete rundown on the Top 25 recruiting classes is featured in the Oct. 5 issue of Collegiate Baseball.

2018 NCAA Div. I Recruiting Results
By Collegiate Baseball
1. LSU
2. Vanderbilt
3. Arizona
4. Louisville
5. Florida
6. Florida St.
7. Clemson
8. UCLA
9. Mississippi St.
10. Alabama
11. North Carolina
12. South Carolina
13. Mississippi
14. Auburn
15. Texas
16. Texas Tech
17. Missouri
18. Coastal Carolina
19. Kentucky
20. Miami (Fla.)
21. Stetson
22. Oklahoma St.
23. Oregon St.
24. Arkansas
25. Kent St.