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Tigers grab commitment from 2025 Ohio right-hander

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

The rich continue to get richer.

While the talk of the college baseball world is about the 2024 LSU baseball recruiting class, the 2025 class continues to grow with top nationwide talent.

Jay Johnson and his coaching staff this summer went into the state of Ohio to pluck one of the best right-handed arms in the Buckeye State.

Zion Theophilus is a 6-2, 180-pound Moeller High School product who had been a commitment to Duke University when current LSU Recruiting Coordinator Josh Jordan was at the school in the same position. Theophilus chose the Tigers over offers from Tennessee and Texas A&M.

“For me, it’s all about the fit,” he said. “I just feel like LSU is the perfect spot for me. I looked around at honestly all of the schools in the Southeastern Conference and LSU was the right place for me. I had already built a relationship with Coach Jordan and when I got the chance to talk with Jay I was sold. I just think LSU is the best baseball program in the country.

“The relationship with Coach Jordan goes back to when I was 14 years old. We have had a good bond from our first interaction. He’s very charismatic and a great coach. He told my dad that he’s going to take care of his son. That shows how strong our bond is. I committed to LSU before I had even stepped one foot on the campus. I love the coaching staff there and I trust them. I wanted to commit before the rule changes in regards to recruiting take effect.”

An avid follower of the collegiate baseball game, Theophilus said he has always been a fan of the Tigers.

“I watch college baseball all the time and LSU in my lifetime at least has always been there (in the national conversation),” he said. “They always catch my eye and I always watch how they play and enjoy it. I’m a big fan of Tre’ Morgan. We have the same kind of hair which is cool.”

Theophilus gave Tiger fans a sneak peak of what LSU fans can expect with a self-scouting report.

“The four-seam fastball is about 88-91,” he said. “Topping at 92-93. I have a sweeper (slider) that helps me out a lot. I also have another slider which is a cutter that people call a slutter. Mix that with the split-finger. I can use both my breaking balls in any count that I want.”

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