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Another former Arizona Wildcat follows Johnson to Baton Rouge

Riley Cooper, Jacob Berry, Mack Bingham and Bryce Collins. 

Add a new former Arizona Wildcat that is following their former coach Jay Johnson to his new home in Baton Rouge. 

Power-hitting first baseman Trevor Schmidt announced on his social media platforms on Saturday that he had verbally committed to LSU. 

The 6-1, 225-pound Schmidt did not play for Arizona in 2023, transferring to Fullerton Junior College for the 2024 season. Through 28 games this season, Schmidt is hitting .339 with 12 home runs and 51 runs driven in. Schmidt chose LSU over offers from Oklahoma and Arizona State. 

(self-scouting report) “I’m a physical hitter with power to all fields,” Schmidt said. “I have good bat-to-ball skills. I have decent speed and can play in the outfield if needed.”

A highly touted prospect coming out of Servite High School, Schmidt was recruited to Arizona by Johnson and the relationship with the now current LSU head coach was the driving force for him making the move to Baton Rouge. 

“It was pretty important to me because the guy that recruited me once recruited me again,” Schmidt said. “That says a lot about (Johnson) as a coach and as a person. Coach Johnson has always believed in me and they said they want left-handed power. I’m coming to fill that role.”

Schmidt made the trip to TigerTown for a visit during the LSU three-game series against Florida and that sealed the deal. 

“I loved Alex Box Stadium and the fans,” he said. “Watching that weekend series I was like this is the place and I need to come here. This fanbase is unlike anything I have ever seen in my life. They care about the players. It’s one giant family. I got to see all the facilities, eat at some great restaurants, tour and the campus and even see Mike the Tiger.

“LSU is definitely the place and when you also take into consideration that my parents are willing to make the sacrifice to come and see me, distance from home didn’t really become a factor. My parents believe that I am in good hands to achieve my dreams of playing professional baseball.”

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