New LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson and staff land the nation’s No. 1 2022 recruiting class

LSU first-year baseball coach Jay Johnson announced Wednesday a 21-player 2022 recruiting class that is ranked No. 1 nationally by Perfect Game.

“Our entire staff has worked tirelessly since our arrival this summer to put this class together,” Johnson said. “It features some of the top players in the country, and it will help accelerate our pursuit of getting the Tigers back to Omaha. There is high-end talent at every position all over this class, and it is a group that will complement the great group of returning players we will have in 2023.

“This class reflects that there is no place better in America for the elite player to play college baseball. I know our fans will love seeing this group at ‘The Box’ in 2023 and beyond.”

The class features:

•11 Top 100 players in the Perfect Game overall national rankings

•10 players selected to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic

•4 of the top Junior College pitchers in the United States  

•13 players that are ranked No. 1 at their positions in their respective states

Listed below are the members of LSU’s 2022 signing class:

Nate Ackenhausen, LHP, Owasso, Okla. (Eastern Oklahoma State): Recorded 56 strikeouts in 28 innings at Eastern Oklahoma State in 2021.

Kaleb Applebey, RHP, Mount Carmel, Ill. (Wabash Valley CC): No. 2 ranked player in Illinois for Class of 2021 by Prep Baseball Report.

Nick Bronzini, LHP San Ramon, Calif. (California HS): No. 2 ranked left-hander pitcher in California by Perfect Game. Ranked nationally as No. 128 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Micah Bucknam, RHP, Abbotsford, British Columbia (Mennonite Educational Institute): Drafted in 16th Round of 2021 MLB Draft by Toronto Blue Jays. Ranked nationally as No. 186 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Justin Crawford, OF Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS): No. 1ranked player in Nevada by Perfect Game for Class of 2022, played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 12 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Gavin Guidry, SS, Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS): No. 1 ranked Player in Louisiana by Perfect Game for Class of 2022; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 55 overall prospect by Perfect Game. Member of the 2021 18U Team USA National Team.

Griffin Herring, LHP, Southlake, Texas (Southlake HS): No. 4 ranked left-handed Pitcher in Texas by Perfect Game. Ranked nationally as No. 286 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Jared Jones, C, Marietta, Ga. (Walton HS): No. 1 ranked catcher in Georgia, played in Perfect Game All-American Classi. Ranked nationally as No. 45 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Michael Kennedy, LHP, Troy, N.Y. (Troy HS): No. 1 ranked left-handed pitcher in state of New York, member of the 2021 18U USA National Team. Ranked nationally as No. 77 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Paxton Kling, OF, Roaring Springs, Pa. (Central HS): No. 1 ranked Player in Pennsylvania by Perfect Game for Class of 2022, played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 14 overall prospect by Perfect Game. Member of 2021 18U USA National Team.

Jacob Misiorowski, RHP, Grain Valley, Mo. (Crowder CC): No. 2 ranked player in Missouri for Class of 2020 by Prep Baseball Report.

Aiden Moffett, RHP, Mount Olive, Miss. (Taylorsville HS): No. 1 ranked right-handed Pitcher in Mississippi for Class of 2022. Ranked nationally as No. 189 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Brady Neal, C, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy): No. 1 ranked catcher in Florida for Class of 2022, played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 32 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Jaden Noot, RHP, Oak Park, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS): No. 1 ranked right-handed pitcher in California for Class of 2022, played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 22 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Mic Paul, OF, Salt Lake City, Utah (Olympus HS): No. 1 ranked OF in Utah for Class of 2022. Ranked nationally as No. 411 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Mikey Romero, SS, Menifee, Calif. (Orange Lutheran HS): No. 1 ranked SS in California for Class of 2022, played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 23 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Zeb Ruddell, OF, Monroe, La. (Neville HS): No. 2 ranked player in Louisiana for Class of 2022. Ranked nationally as No. 246 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

Chase Shores, RHP, Midland, Texas (Midland Lee HS): No. 1 ranked right-handed pitcher in Texas for Class of 2022, played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 24 overall prospect by Perfect Game

Adrian Siravo, RHP, Gilmanton, N.H., Weatherford (Texas) Community College: 2021 Cape Cod League All-Star

Robby Snelling, LHP, Reno, Nev. (McQueen HS): No. 1 ranked pitcher in Nevada, played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 71 overall prospect by Perfect Game, 4-Star Football Recruit at McQueen HS.

Tucker Toman, 3B, Columbia, S.C. (Hammond HS): No. 1 ranked third baseman in South Carolina, played in Perfect Game All-American Classic. Ranked nationally as No. 17 overall prospect by Perfect Game.

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