LSU was rated No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball magazine’s annual rankings of baseball recruiting classes, which was released Tuesday.
It was the fifth time in six years that the Tigers were in the rankings’ Top 10. LSU was No. 1 in 2007 and 2010, No. 3 in 2009 and No. 7 last year.
The Tigers class is comprised on eight position players and seven pitchers. Coach Paul Mainieri and his staff focused on depth in the pitching staff, power hitting and speed among base runners and outfielders.
The defending Southeastern Conference champions had to replace No. 1 starter Kevin gausman, who was selected No. 4 by the Baltimore Orioles, closer Nick Goody and the starting left side of the infield — shortstop Austin Nola and third baseman Tyler Hanover — among others.
“We’re very pleased to receive such strong recognition for this class, and it’s a credit to the tremendous efforts of our coaching staff,” Mainieri said in a statement. “Javi Sanchez, Alan Dunn and Will Davis have worked tirelessly to give us a very talented group of players that will impact our program right away.”
Two recruits – infielder Alex Bregman and right-hander Will LaMarche – enrolled at LSU even though they were selected in the 2012 MLB Draft.
The Tigers began their six-week fall practice period last Sunday. The full-squad workouts continue through November 5.
LSU begins the 2013 season against Maryland on Feb. 15 in Alex Box Stadium.
Collegiate Baseball ranked Vanderbilt No. 1, followed by UCLA, Arizona State, LSU, Clemson, Stanford, Florida, North Carolina, Miami (Fla.) and South Carolina.