During exit interviews with Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux, Nick Webre told his coach that it was his dream to play college baseball.
Thibodeaux asked what his number one choice in school would be and Webre responded LSU.
Well, it only took Webre a year to make his dream come true, and for his first choice team to boot.
Webre committed to LSU Saturday during his visit to the school, becoming the first player in school history to sign a scholarship with the Tigers, according to Thibodeaux.
“He’s been working his butt off and this won’t change that,” Thibodeaux said. “He’s been working really hard in the weight room this offseason getting bigger and he’ll continue to get better. There’s a lot of potential there and (Nick) is working really hard to be as good as he can be.
Thibodeaux said the relationship between Webre and LSU started during the summer of his sophomore year where Webre impressed the Tigers’ staff at college showcases with his natural hitting ability.
Thiobdeaux put a call into LSU recruiting coordinator Andy Cannizaro and told him about Webre and Cannizaro said he would check him out.
“He really swung the ball well at a college showcase that LSU was at and I think that kind of started the process, they had a name,” Thibodeaux said. “Then he went to one of their camps and got to talk to more of the coaches and impressed them.”
Webre is a power left-handed hitter that profiles as a potential middle of the order slugger at the next level, using a solid swing and improving mechanics to constantly put the barrel on the ball no matter what pitch type or situation.
“He’s going to be a tough out every time up,” Thibodeaux said. “We’ve worked to clean him up a little bit and stay inside on off-speed pitches and stay in his base.
“He started really putting the ball over the fence this summer.”
Webre doesn’t have a clear position at the next level, he plays corner outfielder, first base and catcher for the Rebels, but the Tigers were so impressed with his bat that they wanted to bring him in despite a clear position defensively.
“Really good left-handed bats don’t come along very often,” Thibodeaux said. “So what they said was that they would offer him an over the next couple of years figure out his best position.”
But Thibodeaux said even with the natural left-handed power Webre possesses, it’s other parts of his game that impresses him the most, as well as LSU.
“He hustles down the line every single time, and I think that’s something that really impressed (LSU) about him,” Thibodeaux said. “It’s something we really worked on with, getting out of the box quicker, and he’s improved.
“He’s in the low 4’s (seconds) every time and he’s got a good 60-yard dash time as well. He’s got good speed, enough to play in the outfield definitely.”
Thiobdeaux said Webre’s arm strength in both the outfield and behind the plate is above average and he’d be able to play both positions defensively without any problem.
Webre’s always the type of player to have a smile on face when he plays and his excitement for the game is what powers his desire to be great, Thibodeaux said.
While it gets him in trouble sometimes, Thiobdeaux said they’ve worked to clean up some quirks in Webre’s mechanics when he gets too excited in the batter’s box and loses some of his mechanics, but said he was impressed how Webre has responded mentally to the commitment to one of the top teams in the nation.
“You always worry about how a kid is going to handle it mentally, so I was kind of worried when I knew they were going to offer him,” Thibodeaux said. “Now he’s going to be kind of marked man that people know he’s committed.
“But he’s still hungry. He wants to be great. Committing doesn’t change that.”