LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory announced the addition of five players on Wednesday as the early signing period began. The class will be freshman in the fall of 2018.

The five include Whitney Foreman (Houston), Paige Hilliard (Kaa’wa, Hawaii), Darian Goins (Indianapolis), Leigh Maher (Country Day in Metairie), and Kate Cowan (Corinth, Texas).

“This is a special class that is significant in number, with five, but also significant in talent,” Flory said. “They are a group of outstanding student athletes, who are also great people. They will add to the success of our team on the court, and they will add to the culture of our program with their character. We are excited about the future of our program with these five joining our family.”

Maher, the only Louisiana signee, led Country Day to state championships in 2014 and 2016 and will compete in the state championships again this upcoming weekend. She is a four-time district champion and also led the basketball and track and field teams to district runner ups and district champions, respectively.

Women's basketball

LADY TIGERS SIGN TEXAS POST PLAYER: LSU coach Nikki Fargas announced the signing of Monet Jones on Wednesday.

A 6-foot-2 post player from Missouri City, Texas, Jones plays for Lawrence E. Elkins High School and club ball for AD Elite, the same AAU team as current LSU guard Jaelyn Richard-Harris. Jones is the ranked No. 21 forward by HoopGurlz for the Class of 2018.

As a junior, Jones averaged 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Knights. 

Graduation

SUCCESS RATE REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH: The success of LSU student-athletes in the classroom reached a new milestone Wednesday as the university hit 90 percent in the most recent Graduation Success Rate released by the NCAA.

LSU’s 90 percent rating was up two points from last year’s mark of 88 and it marked the eighth time in nine years the school’s performance improved from the previous year. The 90 percent GSR rating is up  21 points since vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva took over at LSU.