Norris junior Kale Fountain has committed to LSU. Fountain made waves when he committed to Florida State before his freshman year of high school.
“For me it was a different feeling when I got on my visit and being around everything and the atmosphere.” Fountain said of LSU. “I got to see the facilities and field and all of that is great but really the people I am going to be around the next 3-4 years and it was easy to see why I wanted to be there.”
Relationships and trust are important to Fountain and his family. Tiger head coach Jay Johnson and associate head coach Josh Jordan went a long way in his decision to choose LSU.
“I built a really good relationship with coach Jordan and coach Johnson,” he said. “That relationship is really important to me. Knowing that I am going to be around those people is really important to us.”
Following the 2022 season, the Seminoles dismissed Mike Martin Jr. who Fountain and his family had built a strong bond with.
Fountain decommitted from Florida State in July following the dismissal of Martin Jr.
It didn’t take long for Fountain to gain interest from many of college baseball elites after his decommitment.
“That night I had some phone call and obviously the next few weeks after that I talked to a lot of people,” he said. “Ultimately I narrowed it down to 10, then five and four visits.”
Ultimately Fountain officially visited LSU, Mississippi State, Texas and Arkansas and let Jordan know he wanted to be a Tiger earlier this week.
Fountian’s brother Bryce, a freshman at Norris, committed to Nebraska in May. NU was in play for Kale but didn’t make the final cut.
“They were there all of the way along my recruitment process,” Fountain said of the Huskers. “Obviously it was a tough phone call to make but I ultimately decided I wanted to play in the SEC for one of the more prestigious programs in all of college baseball.”
Fountain didn’t just have a strong sophomore season, he had a fantastic one. He batted .412 with a .536 on base percentage, a .902 slugging percentage with 42 runs batted in and 40 runs scored. His 11 home runs were a Norris and Class B single season record.
On the mound he had five saves with a 3.10 earned run average and 25 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.
God Bless! Very excited to announce my commitment to Louisiana State University! Let’s Geaux!!!???????? pic.twitter.com/sBGY5iveDW
— Kale Fountain (@KKFountain10) October 20, 2022