A summer stint on a Baton Rouge-based team is what LSU’s latest baseball commitment believes led to his offer to play for the Tigers.
Hayden Jennings, a center fielder at Shreveport Evangel Christian, spent his summer playing for the Baton Rouge-based Marucci Elite team.
“I probably wouldn’t have ever been seen by LSU if it wasn’t for Marucci,” Jennings told the Shreveport Times. “When I went down for the tryout ... I ran (a) 6.4 60 in January. That got the coaches’ attention at LSU and I got invited on the (Marucci) team.”
Jennings said he committed to the Tigers for “some obvious reasons.”
“The program is phenomenal,” he said. “Their fans, they’re always No. 1 in attendance. They have a brand-new facility that’s absolutely beautiful. It’s just outstanding.”
As a junior, Jennings (5-foot-10, 165 pounds) led Evangel with a team-best .476 batting average. He had eight home runs and 32 RBIs.
One of those RBIs was the game-winning hit for Evangel in its 11-10 Class 2A semifinal playoff win over The Dunham School last spring.
Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulane, Ole Miss and Arkansas also showed interest, Jennings said.
Jennings’ older sister, Morgan, is a bat girl for the LSU baseball team. His younger sister, Claire, has similar plans.
Jennings will play wide receiver for Evangel in the fall.