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Baseball Recruiting Class Rated No. 2 by Baseball America
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Published: October 08, 2007, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:29 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- LSU is No. 2 in the 2007 Baseball America magazine recruiting ranking released Monday.

San Diego is No. 1 in the Baseball America poll, followed by LSU, Oregon State and North Carolina. The remainder of the Top 10 includes Auburn, Notre Dame, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Texas and Arkansas.

LSU was ranked No. 1 last month in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper ranking of recruiting classes.

The Tigers’ 19-man class includes nine players that were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. The talented group also features eight High School all-Americans and three first-team Junior College all-Americans.

Five of the recruits were among Baseball America’s Top 200 Prospects, including outfielder Chad Jones of Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge; right-handed pitcher Taylor Martin of St. Michael High School in Baton Rouge; right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo of St. Rose High School in Jackson, N.J.; infielder DJ LeMahieu of Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and infielder Matt Clark of Riverside (Calif.) Community College.

The newcomers with the exception of Jones, who is also a safety for the LSU football team -- have joined the Tigers’ returning players for a five-week fall practice period that began on Sept. 15 and continues through Oct. 23.

The 2008 regular season begins Feb. 22 when the Tigers play host to Indiana in Alex Box Stadium.

For breakdowns on the top 25 classes, plus a look at the best classes by region outside the top 25, visit www.baseballamerica.com

2007 Baseball America

RECRUITING CLASS RANKINGS
1. San Diego
2. LSU
3. Oregon State
4. North Carolina
5. Auburn
6. Notre Dame
7. UCLA
8. Cal State Fullerton
9. Texas
10. Arkansas
11. Missouri
12. Vanderbilt
13. Pepperdine
14. Mississippi
15. Clemson
16. Arizona State
17. Virginia
18. Texas A&M
19. Rice
20. Miami
21. Tennessee
22. Georgia Tech
23. Tulane
24. Georgia
25. UC Riverside

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