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BATON ROUGE, La.  – LSU is No. 7 in the annual Collegiate Baseball magazine recruiting rankings released on Tuesday, marking the fourth time in five years the Tigers are in the Top 10 of the survey. LSU was No. 1 in 2007 and 2010, and No. 3 in 2009.

The 14-man LSU recruiting class includes eight pitchers and six position players. Five of the players were selected in the 2011 MLB Draft and elected to enroll at LSU instead of beginning a pro career.

“This is a dynamic class that should make a tremendous impact upon our program,” said sixth-year LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “The challenge is to sign the best players in the country that will come to school, and we’re very excited about the young men that have joined our team.”

The newcomers and returning LSU players have been engaged in individual workouts since late August. LSU begins its six-week fall practice period at 1 p.m. Sunday in Alex Box Stadium. The 2012 season opens on Feb. 17 when the Tigers play host to Air Force.

South Carolina is No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball survey, followed by Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Southern California, Miami (Fla.), LSU, Florida, Oregon State and Stanford.



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