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DB recruit Patrick Surtain Jr. told SEC Country he is planning to make a second unofficial visit to LSU in the middle of July.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: Catching up on a busy LSU recruiting weekend at The Opening

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today we try our best to keep up with all the recruiting news, check in with baseball players and their summer plans, feel bad for New Jersey and much more. Enjoy.

Good news: LSU recruiting edition

If you haven’t been following SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman this week, you’ve been missing out.

Spiegelman is out in Oregon at The Opening, one of the biggest annual showcases of college football recruiting talent in the country. And he’s been posting non-stop about the latest news from LSU commits, targets and hopefuls. In case you’ve missed it, here’s a smattering of some of the news you should’ve clicked on this weekend.

Less good news: LSU recruiting edition

Those were the positive stories. But not everything LSU recruiting is coming up Milhouse. Here are some of the less fortunate angles that have arisen out of The Opening.

For more updates from The Opening and on all things LSU recruiting, be sure to follow Spiegelman. You can find all of his stories by clicking here.

Good news: LSU basketball recruiting edition

The LSU men’s basketball team brought in its biggest name recruit since Ben Simmons, receiving a commitment on Friday from 5-star 2018 Louisiana point guard Javonte Smart.

SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker caught up with Smart a couple of months ago on the AAU circuit to talk about his anticipated allegiance to Kentucky. But at the time, Smart already showed that he was leaning a little bit toward LSU. Here’s what he said back then:

“I’m the best player — they say — down [in Louisiana], and it’s hard leaving home, because I love Baton Rouge, La. That’s my city. The first day, [LSU coach Will Wade] came to my school, talked to my mom and my coaches, and we just talked. He told me about himself, how young he is, that he likes to win, where he’s been.”

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron has focused on keeping players in Louisiana, but Will Wade came in and got the No. 1 player in the state in his sport before Orgeron could. It’s not a competition, but if this commitment holds you’ve got to be impressed with the roster Wade is trying to build.

Talent is only half the equation. But that half looks like it’s going to be in place starting in 2018-19.

Get your maps out, folks

Baseball season might have just ended, but this sport is year round. Some of your favorite and most notable LSU baseball players are heading out to summer ball pretty soon. Luckily for us, there’s a Twitter account devoted to tracking exactly where everyone is going.

But, to save you some time scrolling, here are the highlights:

  • Eight LSU players are heading to the Cape Cod Baseball League: pitchers Zack Hess, Caleb Gilbert, Matthew Beck and Todd Peterson, infielders Josh Smith and Jake Slaughter, outfielder Antoine Duplantis and designated hitter Beau Jordan.
  • Three Tigers are headed to the Northwoods League: OF Zach Watson and pitchers Nick Bush and Will Reese.
  • Incoming freshmen catcher Mason Doolittle and OF Nick Webre will join infielders Chris Reid, rising sophomore Mason Templet and JUCO transfer Brandt Broussard in the Prospect League.
  • Right-handed pitcher Austin Bain will throw in the Texas Collegiate League.
  • Rising freshman OF Daniel Cabrera is playing in the Cal Ripken League on the East Coast.

LSU players in the MLB

Future stars are fun. Past stars are also fun. Here’s the latest on how some of the most notable Tigers are doing in the Major Leagues this season (statistics through Sunday games):

Batters

PLAYER TEAM BA OBP SLG HR R RBI
DJ LeMahieu Colorado Rockies .303 .361 .381 3 43 38
Alex Bregman Houston Astros .244 .323 .395 8 31 26
Ryan Schimpf San Diego Padres .158 .284 .424 14 25 24
Mikie Mahtook Detroit Tigers .268 .291 .431 4 11 16
JaCoby Jones Detroit Tigers .137 .228 .255 1 4 4

Pitchers

PLAYER TEAM ERA IP W-L SO BB WHIP
Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies 4.13 65.1 5-5 64 22 1.29
Kevin Gausman Baltimore Orioles 5.61 93.0 5-7 76 43 1.74
Nick Goody Cleveland Indians 1.14 31.2 1-0 36 12 1.01
Will Harris Houston Astros 2.94 33.3 2-2 39 5 0.92

Interesting tweets of the weekend

If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do every morning when you wake up is check Twitter. And, over the past couple of months, that’s meant figuring out what the President tweeted and how people are reacting to it.

The reason I bring this up is because it looks like LSU guard Garrett Brumfield is reacting the same way as me and a bunch of other people. Here’s how he reacted to the President’s recent *wrestling* tweet.

Agree or disagree with Brumfield’s comments, you have to respect his logic and rationale. Football players should be able to speak their minds whenever they want about whatever they want to see. And I’m glad to see that at least one of them is willing to do so.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, today is the first day of “Be Nice to New Jersey Week.” So, let’s follow directions and be nice to New Jersey.

Since the turn of the century, the LSU football team has only had one scholarship athlete from New Jersey: defensive end and linebacker Tashawn Bower. Bower just graduated last season after ending his career on the highest of high notes, sacking Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson three times in LSU’s bowl victory over Louisville.

So use this week to be nice to Bower, and all famous New Jersey residents. Like this guy. And this guy. And also this guy. Pretty much what I’m saying is don’t pull a David Paterson this week.

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