Continuing their tradition of keeping some of the premiere baseball talent on the north shore close to home, Southeastern Louisiana picked up a big commitment on the diamond.
Northshore’s Blake Way let it be known he will be continuing his academic and athletic career for the Lions and coach Matt Riser.
The 2016 prospect is a shortstop for the Panthers and is projected to be a utility player with the Lions. The 5-10, 195-pound Way hit .372 last year en route to being named the first-team, all-district shortstop in 6-5A.
“I was starting to get some interest from some junior colleges, but Southeastern was my first and only offer thus far,” Way said. “But honestly out of all the schools that were even showing some interest in me, Southeastern was where I wanted to be.”
Recently returning home from a summer tournament in Atlanta, Way said the interest from the Lions has been present for quite a while.
“Last October, I was at a camp where the coaches (at Southeastern) noticed me,” he said. “That is where I guess I got on the radar. (Recruiting coordinator) Andrew Gipson came to a couple of my games this past season at Northshore. We stayed in touch, and after one of the games he watched me, he told me that the Lions were going to offer me a scholarship.
“While I was in Atlanta, coach Riser was also there. He saw a couple of my games, and he told me they were going to offer me as soon as possible. When I got home, we had a meeting, and that is when I committed. It was an exciting time for sure.
“Growing up, I always wanted to play college baseball, and now I get to play at a program as good as Southeastern Louisiana.
Set to play college baseball on a campus a little more than an hour away, Way said he is excited his family will get the chance to see him play extensively.
“That actually was a big factor in my decision,” he said. “I got the chance to talk with a lot of different coaches and asked them what they think is a good fit for me. They told me a lot of players don’t take into consideration how much their families can come see them play.
“Being able to go to such a good program like Southeastern, which is so close to home, is perfect and ideal.”
Way’s commitment is nonbinding until he signs his national letter of intent.