Dylan Williams signs with LSU
by David Royal
Apr 18, 2013 | 1898 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass High’s Dylan Williams will be throwing his fastball, curve and changeup for Louisiana State University.

Williams signed a scholarship to play for LSU in a ceremony held at his school Wednesday.

Williams, who initially committed verbally to attend Georgia Tech, said both schools are competitive at the national level and he expects to be challenged at LSU.

Williams said he decided to attend the school after a visit. “I’ve known about it forever. I didn’t see myself going there until I went on my visit. I just fell in love with it.”

He also observed the team play. “They looked really fast. It looked like great baseball, something I want to be in.

“The thing about LSU is they win. They have a great program. They’ll compete and will always go to Omaha [Nebraska, where the college World Series is played]. That’s where I want to be.”

He said Tiger coaches said his future at LSU is in his hands.

“They said to work as hard as I can and I [might] get in the mix at LSU my freshman year.”

Williams said he is working on his game at Cass.

“I’ve been working on my curve and developing a changeup,” he said. “They told me to focus on this high school season and when I get there, they’ll get me into LSU shape.”

Adam Williams, his coach, said he believes the Cass senior has what it takes to contribute to the Tigers, one of the nation’s top baseball programs for many years.

“Dylan is a very hardworking, committed young man who’ll do whatever it takes to compete in the SEC,” the coach said.

He said Dylan Williams is a solid pitcher who has the skills to compete in the SEC and is still working to improve.

“He brings a fastball in the low 90s, a great breaking ball and he’s getting better, developing a changeup,” coach Williams said. “When he can deliver all three for strikes, you’ll see him pitching Friday nights for LSU.”

Coach Williams said his pitcher is making a considerable imprint on the current Cass Colonels.

“He has a 5-1 win-loss record this year at Cass so far and his ERA is below 1.15,” the coach said. “Whenever he’s on the mound, we feel comfortable we’re going to win. We have a lot of faith in Dylan.”

Coach Williams said his pitcher is going to a school that will pit him against some of the nation’s finest players.

“He’s probably the first person in the area and definitely in Bartow County to sign with LSU,” coach Williams said. “LSU has won the college World Series six times. They are 35-2 this season and are ranked No. 2 in the nation. He’s going to a place where they will help him develop his skills as a pitcher and as an individual who will learn to do the right things.”

He added he believes Williams has the baseball skills needed to make it at the SEC school.

“Anybody who can go throw strikes in the high 80s to low 90s can compete in the SEC,” he said. “If you watch LSU, every pitcher is like Dylan, tall and lanky and throws really hard. He’s going to fit in really fine.”