LOREAUVILLE — Shajuan Nora knew that he wanted to play college baseball, he just didn’t know who or where that opportunity to play would come from.
Turns out it was less than two hours from home.
Nora, the standout infielder for the Loreauville baseball team and Most Outstanding Player of the Tigers 2018 Class 2A state championship, inked with LSU-Alexandria recently to play college baseball.
“Signing with LSUA is a great accmplishment,” Nora said. “I’m really excited to be going there and really happy because they offered me.
“I really want to thank the coach for believing in me and signing me to go play over there.”
The LHS grad was surprised because he wasn’t really sure how he ended up on the General radar.
“I really don’t know how that happened,” he said. “It was all of a sudden type thing.
“He just called one day and made the offer.”
While it may have been a surprise offer, it was a surprise choice.
“I actually played for him a couple of summers ago,” Nora said. “Then he calls me and says that he really wanted me to go play for him.
“I didn’t really go looking for anything, it just showed up. It’s great, man.”
Despite the fact that he wanted to play college baseball, Nora really didn’t have any offers or prospects and then LSUA showed up with an offer at almost the last minute.
“I knew that I wanted to play in college but there really wasn’t any other schools that were looking at me,” Nora said. “Then out of nowhere comes this offer from LSUA.”
The LHS grad is not sure exactly where he will play for the Generals, but he hopes that he stays in the infield, prefereably at second base, where he’s patrolled for the Tigers for the past four years.
“I’d like to stay in the infield, but I’ll do anything to help the team win,” said Nora, who plans to major in Kinesiology, with the hopes of going to physical therapy school later.
“I hope to get the opportunity to play right away,” Nora said. “I’m definitely going to work hard enough to get that opportnity.”