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Kling commits to LSU

Central sophomore Paxton Kling made a verbal commitment to LSU Monday afternoon to play college baseball.

Kling made the announcement on Twitter.

“I am excited to announce that I have verbally committed to Louisiana State University,” Kling wrote. “I want to thank God, my family and all my coaches for supporting me.”

Kling made his decision after spending the weekend in Florida at the 2019 Perfect Game Underclassmen Championship.

“Paxton has worked extremely hard to get to this point and is very deserving of his scholarship offer,” Central baseball coach A.J. Hoenstine said. “He is obviously extremely talented but also very coachable and a student of the game.”

LSU is one of the most elite college baseball programs in the nation and plays in the storied Southeastern Conference. The Tigers have won six national championships, which is second-most all-time.

“He had some great offers from many top-notch programs, and it was a tough decision for a young man, but he made a great choice,” Hoenstine said. “The LSU coaching staff is top notch. I am anxious to see what the future has in store for him and am confident he will do great.”

Kling, who primarily plays outfield for Flood City Elite, is 6-foot-1 inch and 180 pounds. He was ranked No. 37 overall in the nation in the Class of 2022 and was among the most sought after uncommitted players in the state.

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