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McQueen's Robby Snelling commits to LSU to play baseball


Robby Snelling is a two-sport star for McQueen High. (Snelling family)

Robby Snelling, one of the highest-rated recruits in Northern Nevada history, a two-sport star, committed to play baseball at LSU starting in 2022, he said in a social media post.

After two official visits, the baseball and football star, who has reeled in several Power 5 offers in both sports, said he feels great to have finally made a decision.

“Coach Johnson is very close with me,” Snelling said. “And the town of Baton Rouge is amazing! So much support and great athletics which will allow me to maximize my potential.”

Snelling earned his first scholarship offer as a seventh-grader from former Arizona baseball coach Jay Johnson, formerly of Nevada.

Earlier this year, the Tigers named Johnson as their new head coach to lead the baseball program. Johnson is the reigning Pac-12 Baseball Coach of the Year who led Arizona to a conference championship and a berth in the 2021 College World Series. In Johnson's two seasons at Nevada, he guided the Wolf Pack to a 72–42 record. In 2015, Nevada posted a 41–15 record and captured the school's first-ever Mountain West title with a 22–7 mark in league play. The Wolf Pack was ranked in the top 25 for much of the season and totaled a 13–1 record in series of at least three games. In 2015 Johnson was named Mountain West Coach of the Year.

Robby Snelling is coming off a performance at the high school All-American game and the high school Home Run Derby. Snelling pitched the fourth inning of the high school All-American game for the American Team, tossing a scoreless inning while allowing one hit and striking out one. He hit 94 miles per hour during the game. Snelling also took place in the Home Run Derby portion of the festivities and hit 21 homers in the three-minute opening round (where he hit 12 homers) and 90-second second round (where he hit nine more), using a metal bat. That ranked fourth among eight competitors.

Snelling told Nevada Sports Net a few months prior, he chose to de-commit from Stanford after verbally committing to leave all options on the table.

“I'm keeping all the conversations with the other coaches going. And I've made some really good relationships with college coaches on football and baseball since that's happened. I mean, baseball is really different from when you commit. It's like all the schools start talking to you that you were talking to before. It's not like football where you can (commit) and then the coaches still talk to you and try and get you to change your mind. Baseball has that gentleman's agreement and they're just like, ‘You’re committed to that school. We're not going to talk to you.’ So with with me de-committing, it's definitely opened a lot of different baseball schools that are talking to me.”

The left-handed pitcher has popped the glove at 94 miles per hour. As a right-handed hitter, he’s recorded an exit velocity off his bat of 108 miles per hour. How good is that? The hardest Mookie Betts, the $365 million man, hit a ball this season was also 108 miles per hour. Granted, Snelling was using an aluminum bat, but he’s ranked by as a top-20 high school pitcher in the 2022 Major League Baseball draft.

Although Snelling has committed to LSU, the 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds standout could end up pitching his way out of college. If he becomes a top-100 MLB draft pick, a trajectory he’s currently on, it would be hard to turn down becoming a pro given the financial elements at play, which would almost certainly include a high six-figure signing bonus.

When asked if the MLB draft is still a possibility the McQueen high star adds, "I'm definitely not closing up my draft possibility! I will keep that open! ... It's all great opportunities I'm blessed to be in my situation."

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