Group of 16 provides for Louisiana’s immediate needs and future growth
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Baseball head coach Tony Robichaux announced 16 players who have signed a National Letter of Intent during the most recent signing period.
Each student-athlete will enroll at Louisiana beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.
The 2020 signing class includes 10 high school seniors and six junior college transfers, the majority from the Louisiana-Texas region.
Among the high school products to sign with the Ragin' Cajuns were three highly-touted prospects from Louisiana: Dax Ford of John Curtis Christian, Zeph Hoffpauir of Berwick High and Peyton Lejeune of Teurlings Catholic.
The junior college group is highlighted by Connor Kimple (Oklahoma State) and Brandon Talley (Louisiana Tech), who were Division I signees out of high school. Louisiana also added a true catcher in Nick Hagedorn of Jefferson College via the JUCO ranks.
"Our staff (Anthony Babineaux, Daniel Freeman, Jeremy Talbot and Jake Wells) did a great job on the recruiting trail," Robichaux said. "This class features a great mix of junior college student-athletes who will give us immediate impact with size, strength and age. The high school student-athletes are very talented and will build quality depth for continued growth.
"With our seniors departing and potential impacts from the Major League Baseball Draft, these signees will help us continue our program at the level we desire to perform."
Below is a breakdown of the signing class:
Conor Angel RHP | Lachine, Quebec, Canada | Lakeside Academy (Northwest Florida State College)
Right-handed pitcher presently a sophomore at Northwest Florida State College. Prepped at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Made 15 appearances, totaling 25-2/3 innings for NWFSC in 2018 season. Averaged 9.82 strikeouts per nine in collegiate debut campaign. Recorded multiple strikeouts in 11 of 15 outings.
Participated in the 2018 Florida JUCO All-Star Game
Canadian Junior National Team member (2015-18) and Russell Martin Trophy recipient for top prospect in Quebec Junior Elite Baseball League (2017).
Justin Barnes RHP | Spring, Texas | Klein Oak HS
33rd-ranked player in Prep Baseball Report's 2019 class in Texas. Played summer ball for Hunter Pence Baseball Academy.
Named to the 2017 Sunshine South Showcase Top Prospect List.
Two-time Perfect Game WWBA Nationals all-tournament selection.
Julian Brock C | Fulshear, Texas | Fulshear HS
Played travel ball for Banditos Baseball Club.
As a junior, hit .408 and recorded a .491 on base percentage for Fulshear HS. Was named the District 27-5A Newcomer of the Year.
Recorded a 1.83 pop time at a Perfect Game Showcase.
First baseball student-athlete to sign an NLI in Fulshear High's history (new school which began playing baseball in 2018).
Delivered 15 extra base hits, posted 31 RBI and slugged .604 during freshman season at Butler Community College.
Named to the 2018 All-Jayhawk Conference Team.
Was the 2018 Home Run Derby champion of the Sunflower Baseball Summer League.
Three-time all-conference player at Broomfield (Colo.) High School and was an all-region selection in senior season.
Played travel ball for Thunder Academy in Broomfield, Colo.
Dax Ford LHP | Luling, La. | John Curtis Christian HS
Delivered 30 hits on a .366 average and recorded a 0.62 ERA with two saves in seven appearances as a junior for John Curtis. Team made its way to the Top 10 of the national rankings and was named Boys Team of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate's Star of Stars.
Has notched 104 strikeouts and yielded only 27 hits in 62 career innings pitched.
Helped lead John Curtis to the semifinals of the National High School Invitational – tournament featuring the Top 16 prep teams in the country – by earning the save in the quarterfinal contest.