John Curtis' Cade Beloso watches his three-run home run sail out of the park during the first inning against Jesuit Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Mike Miley Stadium in Metairie.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

The top high school baseball player in the greater New Orleans area last season plans to head to Baton Rouge to play in college next year.

Cade Beloso, a senior at John Curtis Christian School, verbally committed to  LSU in Tuesday.

"I just felt at home there, and it's been my dream since I was 9 years old to play there," Beloso said.

Beloso originally committed to Tulane last October.

"I just kind of fell out of love with it," he said.

Beloso, a left-handed hitting first baseman, was Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate's All-Metro as a junior after helping lead Curtis to the Division I state championship.

Batting in the No. 3 spot in the Patriots' potent lineup, he batted .418 with eight home runs, 19 doubles and 39 RBIs. He capped his junior season by hitting a three-run homer in the championship game victory over Catholic High.

Beloso finished the year with an .890 slugging percentage of .890, a .570 on-base percentage. He was walked 19 times, reached base being hit by a pitch another 16 times and struck out just eight times in 129 trips to the plate.

“He’s just got a tremendous ability, hand-eye coordination matched with power matched with understanding the game," Patriots coach Jeff Curtis said in May. "I think he’s probably the best or at the very least at the top of a group of guys who have swung the bat in all my (18) years of coaching here.’’

Beloso also went 4-0 on the mound.

Last season was Beloso's first at Curtis. He grew up in Chalmette, but his family moved to Texas after Hurricane Katrina. Beloso returned to Louisiana for his junior season and will remain in his native state for college.

"That was a big factor," said Beloso, said. " I'm a home guy and I like to see my family a lot."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Beloso is playing football as well this season for Curtis and will play linebacker. Then he will turn his attention to baseball.

"I want to get back and win a state championship and be a leader that my team can lean on," he said.

Beloso plans to sign and make his commitment official in November.

"I'm 100-percent solid," he said.

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