Chris Reid fulfilled a 15-year-old dream Wednesday.
He hopes to fill another in a couple of years.
Reid, an infielder for St. Michael the Archangel, was one of 15 players who signed with LSU on Wednesday, the first day prospects could sign binding national letters of intent.
Reid is different from the rest: He plans to be a two-sport athlete. He hopes to join the football team as a punter his sophomore year — another dream he’s had since age 3.
“I’ve grown up in Baton Rouge my entire life,” Reid said. “Grew up going to LSU football and LSU baseball games. I’m a home-raised boy.”
He stuck to his hometown team despite overtures from others — namely Tulane, which offered him a full ride to play both sports.
LSU’s hefty 2015 signing class — 15 signees is high — includes eight players from Louisiana and six pitchers, led by Texas right-handed hurler Cole McKay. A hard throwing 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, McKay is the 37th high school prospect in the nation, according to Perfect Game.
McKay is a draft risk. The MLB draft is in June, and players will have until mid-July to sign with a team.
LSU signed three more top-200 players in Perfect Game’s rankings, including Georgia infielder Brody Wofford (137), St. Thomas More infielder O’Neal Lochridge (141) and Georgia lefty Nick Bush (224).
Most of LSU’s class was intact when recruiting coordinator Javi Sanchez left over the summer. Andy Cannizaro, his replacement, helped fill out the class.
LSU also signed six junior-college players in an effort to add instant veterans to a team that might lose as many as a dozen players off of the 2015 squad. Two of them have local ties: Delgado first baseman Brice Adams, a Dunham graduate; and LSU-Eunice catcher Jordan Romero, a former Catholic High player.
Reid, of course, is a local boy, too.
LSU began recruiting him during his freshman season at St. Michael. He committed after his sophomore season. Signing a national letter of intent with baseball prevents him from playing football for his first year on campus.
Reid batted .454 last season with 13 doubles and had 29 RBIs.
“Always been my dream to be able to play baseball at LSU since I was 3,” he said. “I told my entire family that’s what I was going to set out to do. Thankful this is how it ended.”
The Tigers plucked three players from the Lafayette area: Lochridge and outfield/left-handed pitcher Brennan Breaux from St. Thomas More, and Lafayette High outfielder Antoine Duplantis.
“It’s always been a dream,” Lochridge said Wednesday. “As I little kid, I grew up around it — always going to the games, always hearing about it. It’s such a hometown school, it’s somewhere that I wouldn’t want to pass up.”
Lochridge batted .383, drove in 48 runs and had seven home runs last season as a junior. Breaux hit .379, only striking out nine times in 103 at-bats.
“It’s a great program,” Breaux said. “As a kid, you watch it on TV — whether it’s football or baseball. I’ve always dreamed of wearing purple and gold, and now I can finally make the dream come true.”
Luke Johnson contributed to this report.
LSU 2015 signing class
RHP Cole McKay, Spring Branch, Texas (Smithson Valley)
LHP Nick Bush, Leesburg, Ga. (Lee County)
RHP Caleb Gilbert, Hoover, Ala. (Hoover)
INF O’Neal Lochridge, Lafayette (St. Thomas More)
OF/LHP Brennan Breaux, Lafayette (St. Thomas More)
INF Trey Dawson, Hurricane, W.Va. (Hurricane)
INF Brody Wofford, Rome, Ga. (Model)
OF Antoine Duplantis Lafayette (Lafayette)
C/INF Chris Reid, Baton Rouge (St. Michael)
OF Cody Ducote, Kenner (Brother Martin; Delgado CC)
1B Bryce Adams, Baton Rouge (Dunham; Delgado CC)
INF Cole Freeman, Mandeville (Lakeshore; Delgado CC)
C Jordan Romero, Baton Rouge (Catholic; LSU-Eunice)
RHP Jacob Taylor, Picayune, Miss. (Picayune; Pearl River CC)
RHP Riley Smith, Lufkin, Texas (Hudson; San Jacinto College)