BATON ROUGE, La. – With the college football season on the horizon, it’s hard to catch the attention of LSU sports fans with anything else.
Some interesting LSU baseball recruiting news surfaced this week that should turn the trick.
Daniel Cabrera, one of the cornerstones of what is setting up as a powerhouse 2017 recruiting haul for the Tigers, has moved from John Curtis Christian in the New Orleans area to Parkview Baptist, a tradition-rich Class 3A program in Baton Rouge.
Cabrera has been a budding star for several seasons. Between his sophomore and junior seasons, he made the 40-man roster for the Team USA 18U team that went to Japan for the WBCS World Cup. He didn’t make the final cut, but that status elevated him on a national level.
Before that, LSU was well aware of the lanky left-hitting outfielder-pitcher and offered a scholarship he committed to accepting.
Now the Tigers will be able to drive across town to watch one of the best players in the state and the country.
“My mom and dad own a few Service Master franchises and they’ve always had one up here, and they felt that it was best for our family to move up here to make that business run better,” Cabrera said.
So the Cabreras pulled up roots and moved 80 miles west, and there are some unique twists involved.
John Curtis Christian is a school owned and operated by J.T. Curtis. Cabrera’s older sister, Dawn, is married to Johnny Curtis, one of J.T. Curtis’ sons and a longtime Patriots’ coach before departing to join the Ball State staff in the offseason. Cabrera’s father Lenny also graduated from the school and played football there for J.T. Curtis.
“It was a little tough at first because most of my friends are down there, but there are no hard feelings; they understand,” Cabrera said.
“Parkview was the best fit for me (in Baton Rouge). It’s the closest environment to John Curtis that we could find. It’s a smaller school, so it’s something I could relate to. I’m looking to having a fun senior year, seeing if we can win a state championship, graduating from high school and then going on to LSU.”
To be 100 percent accurate, Cabrera is after another state crown.
Two springs ago, he and John Curtis nabbed the school’s first state title in 13 seasons by beating Parkview, 4-2, to finish off a 17-game winning streak. The Patriots also toppled the Eagles in the state quarterfinals the year before.
“I got to hang out with some of my teammates this summer and we’ve become friends,” Cabrera said. “I think they’re happy that I’m on their team now.”