There was no hesitation for East Ascension’s Claire Weinberger on Wednesday morning.
“This is the best decision I’ve made in my life,” Weinberger said. “I’m going to play for a team that just went to the College World Series and I can’t wait to be part of that.”
And with that Weinberger, a shortshop, signed play softball at LSU. She was one of two notable signees the Tigers picked on the first day of the NCAA’s early-signing period.
The other, Lutcher High volleyball player Jariel Tureaud, admitted she was a little nervous before her signing ceremony held at the school.
“I wasn’t sure how it would go,” Tureaud said. “But I had a blast. All my friends, family and teammates were there to help me celebrate. It’s definitely one of the best days I’ve ever had.”
The LSU-bound duo helps lead a list of Wednesday signees that signees that also included Catholic High swimmer Colin Bone (Auburn) and St. Amant softball player Kourtney Gremillion (University of Louisiana at Lafayette).
Weinberger, who hit .582 with 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases as a junior, will join former EAHS teammate and neighbor Bailey Landry. In fact, Landry attended Weinberger’s signing ceremony held Wednesday night at the school.
The daytime signing ceremony was one of the 6-foot-1 Tureaud’s final tasks before leading the second-seeded Bulldogs to the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Volleyball tournament. She has 478 kills on the season and 2,247 kills during a five-year prep career.
Bone is the state’s top senior boys swimmer. He has an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 100-meter freestyle and holds multiple LHSAA high school records. He has been the Capital City Swim League’s MVP for the last three years.
“It was exciting to make it official,” Bone said. “It does take a little pressure off. Now that it (recruiting) is over, I can settle down and focus on school and practice.”
Like Weinberger, Gremillion is one of the top senior softball players in Louisiana. She batted .540 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs as a junior and also had a slugging percentage of 1.011. Gremillion will join her sister, former St. Amant star Kara Gremillion, is now a UL-Lafayette freshman.
“I wasn’t nervous or anything,” Gremillion said. “More than anything else, I knew today I made the right choice. I can’t wait to be a Cajun.”
St. Amant second baseman Adam Sevario (Florida International) also signed on Wednesday. Sevario hit .459 as a junior and has recovered from a spinal injury suffered in a auto accident over the summer.
Weinberger was one of three EAHS softball players to sign. Pitcher Jessie Watts (University of Louisiana at Monroe) and outfielder Verlencia Jackson (Mississippi Valley) also signed. Dutchtown High pitcher Ali McCoy signed with Southeastern Louisiana University.
Two St. Michael the Archangel girls basketball players, Sabree Wilson (Nicholls State) and Tyler Morrison (SLU), also were among the Wednesday signees.
Wilson, who transferred from University High before her sophomore year, will be college teammates with Morrison’s sister Taylor, who also played at SMHS. Nicholls got up another area sign in Walker High’s Keona Brown.