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Taking things across Nicholson Drive

Things are looking up at the Box:

For the second time in the last four years, LSU has been ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's annual rundown of NCAA Division I baseball recruiting classes.

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LSU's recruiting haul is simply amazing when you consider that nine players were drafted and includes eight high school All-Americans and three first team junior college All-Americans among the 19 players the Tigers brought in.

"We had the most drafted players in the nation end up in school, the most prospects from the Top 200 in the nation end up in school and the most players ranked in the Top 100 end up in school," said LSU Recruiting Coordinator Terry Rooney.

I have to admit, I wasn't convinced back in the day that Paul Mainieri was the right man for the job. A great recruiting class probably means less in college baseball than any other major college sport, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. Kudos to Mainieri.