MONROE, La.—Three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the ULM baseball program beginning with the 2010 season, head coach Jeff Schexnaider announced Wednesday afternoon. Baseball’s early signing period officially began Wednesday morning and runs through next Wednesday.
The three signees are RHP Luke Briley of Natchitoches, La., (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC); SS Judd Edwards of Oxford, Ala., (Oxford HS) and RHP Drew Granier of Thibodaux, La., (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC).
“We are really excited about signing these three guys as the beginning of our class for this upcoming year,” Schexnaider said. “They are all good student-athletes and will represent our community and ULM with class.”
Briley began his collegiate career at Jones County CC last season before transferring to Mississippi Gulf Coast CC for this upcoming season. As a freshman, the 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher tossed 55.0 innings and posted a 5.56 ERA.
“Luke is a tough righty that has a lot of movement and has a very good breaking ball,” Schexnaider said. “He throws a lot of ground balls and our defense will thrive with him on the mound. He should log a good number of innings for us next season and is a good pick up for our program.”
Edwards, a 6-foot-0 shortstop, hit .410 with six home runs, 42 RBIs and 31 stolen bases as a junior last season. He is a two-time all-state honoree for Oxford High School and was named to the 2008 UnderArmour/Baseball America Preseason All-America Team. Edwards was a member of the 2007-08 Alabama Top Prospect Team, was a two-time Team One South invitee and was a Perfect Game Underclassmen Top 200 invitee in 2007.
“Judd is a hard-nosed baseball player that has the ability to be a mainstay in our infield,” Schexnaider said. “He comes from one of the top programs in Alabama where he also starts at quarterback. We are excited about Judd becoming a Warhawk. He is the type of student-athlete that we want at ULM.”
Granier, a 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher, went 6-5 with a 4.31 ERA as a freshman at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC last season. He struck out 99 batters in just 79.1 innings of work and finished the season with a 3.2 K/BB ratio to earn first team all-state honors.
As a senior at Thibodaux High School, Granier struck out 149 batters in 91 innings of work en route to a 13-2 record. He was a two-time Louisville Slugger All-America selection and a two-time first team all-state selection at Thibodaux and was named the 2007 District 6-5A MVP.
“Drew is a very polished righty who pitches in the upper 80s and has a really tight breaking ball,” Schexnaider said. "He is another Louisiana player that will have the opportunity to throw significant innings over the next two years.”
The Warhawks open the 2009 season on Feb. 20 when they host Northwestern State in the opening game of the ULM Warhawk Classic at Warhawk Field.
2008-09 ULM Baseball Signees
Luke Briley, RHP – Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Judd Edwards, SS – Oxford (Ala.) HS
Drew Granier, RHP – Mississippi Gulf Coast CC