By LUKE JOHNSON
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU baseball signee Dylan Williams will not enroll at LSU this spring according to coach Paul Mainieri, as his legal status is still in limbo following his July arrest in a drug raid on a Cartersville, Ga., home.
"If he’s got something pending legally, we just don’t want to have him be a part of the program at this time,” Mainieri said. "I hope he gets his legal situation resolved. But in the meantime he just can’t be a part of our program.”
Williams and his family have claimed throughout the process that Williams’ involvement was strictly limited to being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but a grand jury convened in October and indicted Williams on drug and gun charges.
The July raid led to the arrest of Williams and seven other men after police found ecstasy, marijuana and firearms in the house. The quantity of the drugs suggested intent to distribute. According to a Nola.com report in August, Williams was tested for both marijuana and MDMA and the lab results came back negative.
But with a legal cloud still hanging over Williams’ head, Mainieri shut the door on his involvement with the team.
"The boy continues to proclaim to me that he did nothing wrong, that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mainieri said. "I’d like to believe him, but the reality is he was indicted. Now they’re still going through a legal process.
"I’m not saying he’s guilty or innocent – I don’t know. But obviously the district attorney of the area there has reason to indict him. The thing has still not been resolved for him legally, and based on that we’re just not going to take him at LSU. It’s just that simple.”
Williams, who originally committed to Georgia Tech before signing with LSU, was a highly-touted right-handed pitching prospect. Scouting reports projected him as a raw talent capable of consistently throwing in the low-90s.
Officially, Williams is not completely off the LSU radar. The LSU coaching staff will still monitor the powerful 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher as it does with other prospect.
"He goes back in to the pool of potential prospects for us like everybody else in the country,” Mainieri said. "I wouldn’t say that he has any inside track on being recruited again. At this point we’re just going to monitor him as well as other players around the country and decide where to go from here. "For right now the decision is simply that he’s not going to enroll for spring. We’ll see what happens.”