The text that scrolled across the phone of Teurlings Catholic’s Brett Weber may have just as well been beaming outside on the marquee at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette.
Weber, diploma in hand, was on his way out of the Heymann Center after his graduation when he received a text from LSU-Alexandria baseball coach Brent Porche extending a visit to the standout pitcher.
Finally, after a lifetime of dreaming about playing college baseball, Weber had something tangible to hold on to after some anxious moments without any scholarship offers during his senior year.
“It definitely made the night a whole lot better,” Weber said.
“I was so excited, just knowing I would have an opportunity. It’s been a personal goal of mine since I was young to play college baseball.”
Weber, who received an offer from Belhaven College during his senior trip, parlayed a successful outing on the mound last weekend in front of the LSU-A coaching staff into an offer and after an official visit Tuesday, committed to the rising NAIA program.
“I really liked the coaches and how they go about doing things,” said Weber, who expects to sign this week. “They had a good plan on how they do things. They have a really good program.”
Weber played an integral part in Teurlings (35-4) capturing the school’s sixth state championship, defeating West Ouachita 3-2 for the Class 4A title last month.
The Rebels, who finished ranked as high as eighth nationally (MaxPreps.com) by five separate outlets, now have five members of their 2016 team headed to college to continue their careers.
Weber joins fellow pitcher Josh Taylor (Louisiana-Lafayette), catcher Austin Kirkpatrick (LSU-Eunice), outfielder Jacob Richard (LSU-Eunice) and infielder Chaney Dodge (Northwestern State).
The Rebels also have two players — pitcher/shortstop Hayden Cantrelle (UL-Lafayette) and right fielder Nick Webre (LSU) — committed in the Class of 2017.
“For four years, I’ve watched him grow into a young man, and I’m really proud of him,” Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux said. “He’s what I call a program player. He’s all about Teurlings.
“He stayed committed for four years and worked as hard as anyone in our program.”
Weber provided Teurlings with a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, solid second baseman and capable No. 2 hitter in the lineup between Cantrelle and Nick Webre.
“I went out every day and played my hardest,” Weber said. “I hoped and prayed that it would be good enough to catch some coach’s attention, and it did.”
Weber compiled a 10-0 record and 1.47 ERA. He struck out 61 in 66 innings, relying more on his curveball than solely on a fastball he estimated reached 82-84 mph.
“He was the best location pitcher we had all year long,” Thibodeaux said. “He’s a strike-thrower, who’s going to put the ball over the plate, and the defense likes working behind him.”
Weber said he expects to contend for a spot in LSU-A’s starting rotation, but won’t play a position or hit.
The Generals graduated two of their winningest pitchers from last season’s 35-22 team.
“I could fit in anywhere,” Weber said. “I have to get up there and prove myself, play good baseball and decide from there.”