ND’s Leonards commits to ULL

CROWLEY – Notre Dame two-sport standout Ryan Leonards has verbally committed to play baseball at University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Along with Leonards, Jake Anderson of Woodlawn High School also verbally committed to be a part of the Cajuns 2010 signing class.

The earliest the two players can sign a binding national letter of intent is during the NCAA’s early signing period, which is November 11-18.

Leonards, a shortstop and a pitcher, helped the Pioneers reach the 3A state semifinals during his junior campaign. A first team All-State and All-Acadiana selection, Leonards hit .471 with eight triples, 37 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

As a pitcher, he went 6-2 on the mound with a 1.92 ERA for the Pioneers.

Notre Dame has some connections to UL head baseball coach Tony Robichaux. Tim Robichaux, Tony’s twin brother, Tim is the Notre Dame’s head coach.

Also recruited by Nicholls State, Leonards has attained a 4.0 grade-point average entering his final year of high school and already has a qualifying ACT score.

Leonards was also the starting quarterback for the Notre Dame football team that reached the state finals last year. However, he was injured and was unable to play in the championship game.

Now that Leonards and Anderson are on board, ULL has three commitments for its 2010 class. Former Teurlings Catholic shortstop Jordan Bourque, presently entering his sophomore season at LSU-Eunice, verbally pledged earlier this summer.

Leonards father played baseball with Tony Robichaux.

“I wanted to stay home and have a chance to play high quality Division I baseball,” said Leonards.

“I grew up watching the Cajuns play and my parents will get to watch me play, so it seemed like a good opportunity.”

The Cajuns are coming off a disappointing season in which they didn’t make the NCAA regionals after being favored to win the Sun Belt Conference.

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