Tigers baseball gets verbal commitment from Catholic product Nick Coomes _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Catholic's Nick Coomes watches as Catholic fans try to throw baseballs to each other across the outfield during the rain delay Monday afternoon at Catholic High, May 7, 2012.

Prior to Game One of the Purple-Gold World Series, LSU landed the verbal commitment of hometown product Nick Coomes for its 2016 class.

Coomes, a Catholic High grad and rising sophomore at LSU Eunice, gave his commitment to LSU assistant coach Will Davis inside the LSU dugout on Wednesday. He’d been contacted by Maryland and Southern Miss, but the allure of playing in front of friends and family to fulfill a lifelong dream swayed him to LSU.

Coomes played with current Tiger Jordan Romero at both Catholic High and at LSU Eunice last season en route to the school’s fifth straight Division II National Junior College Athletic Association World Series title. Coomes had three hits in the championship game.

An All-State third baseman his junior season and catcher in his senior season at Catholic High, Coomes hit .299 with five homers and 39 RBI last season at LSU Eunice.

Catholic coach Brad Bass, an LSU teammate of Davis and coordinator of baseball operations Nolan Cain, projects Coomes as a middle of the order hitter with a bulldog mentality.

“He’s got a football mentality,” Bass said Wednesday. “He plays hard, the right way. Tremendous pop, hits for both power and average. It’s a good sign for LSU and great for Nick to be part of the Tiger family.”