Williams could enroll in the spring if cleared of charges
By LUKE JOHNSON
Tiger Rag Assistant Editor
LSU coach Paul Mainieri confirmed in a text message that strong-armed signee Dylan Williams, a right-handed pitcher, will not enroll at LSU this fall as he deals with legal issues stemming from his July arrest in Cartersville, Ga.
That does not mean that Williams will not have a place on LSU’s squad in the future, however.
"He stayed home until the legal issues get resolved,” said Mainieri in a text message. "If the charges get dropped, he will enroll in the spring.”
Williams was arrested along with six others in a drug raid on a Cartersville, Ga., home. He was charged withfelony drug trafficking charges (Ecstacy), possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm.
After spending a week in jail, Williams was released on $25,000 bond July 30.
Williams has asserted that he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and was rolled up simply because he was present in the house.
"I can only hope that the way it was described to me was true, and the way it was described to me was actually the way it happened,” Mainieri said on July 25. "And if it is true … I feel sorry for the kid. I think he’s a good kid and was just caught in a bad situation.
The Tigers are leaving the door open for Williams to return if he is eventually cleared of charges, but he will be behind the eight ball, as the team reports for fall camp at the end of September.
PITCHER ADDED TO LSU BASEBALL ROSTER FOR 2014 SEASON
By LSU Sports Information
Pitcher Henri Faucheux (pronounced ‘on-REE fo-SHO’) has joined the LSU baseball program for the 2014 season and will start attending classes on Monday when the fall semester begins.
Faucheux, a native of LaPlace, La., transferred to LSU from Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The 6-0, 185-pound junior left-hander was a two-time High School All-American at Riverside Academy in Reserve, La.
"Henri is a solid college left-handed pitcher who has a mid-to-high 80s fastball and a big, sharp, overhand curveball that will eat up left-handed hitters with regularity,” Mainieri said.
"We will look for him to develop a quality change-up to add to his arsenal so that he can log more innings for us as a more complete pitcher,” Mainieri continued. "At a minimum, we see Henri being a situational lefty to get tough left-handed hitters out.”
The 2014 LSU squad will engage in conditioning drills and individual workouts beginning on September 3. The Tigers begin their six-week, full-squad fall practice session on September 29. The 2014 season starts on February 14 when LSU plays host to the University of New Orleans in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.