Kwanstan Adkins of Brusly (Brusly HS), Braedon Barrett of Lake Charles (Barbe HS), Cade Harper of Monroe (Ouachita Christian School), Jason Ortiz of Anacoco (Anacoco HS), and Miller Parker of Shreveport (Evangel Christian School) signed to be Demons as well as David Fry of Coffeyville, Texas (Grapevine HS) and Cade Jones of Conway, Ark. (Conway HS).
“We knew that this class was going to be a lot smaller than last year, therefore we were very careful in our evaluation and extending offers. Our main goals in putting together a class are athleticism, strength, toughness and competitive makeup,” said Burroughs. “We feel this class exemplifies exactly that.
“Our goal this year was to focus on the high school players,” he said. “Last year we brought in more junior college guys for immediate need, but now we are building a foundation for the future. These young men along with this year’s freshmen bring as solid of a base as I’ve been around.”
Adkins, a 6-2 outfielder that ranks as the 15th-best player in the state, was named first-team all-metro and All-State his junior season when he hit at a .431 clip with six homeruns, 12 doubles, and three triples.
“Kwanstan is a special athlete and had several Division I football offers as well baseball offers,” said assistant coach Andy Morgan. “He is a big, physical, athletic, left-handed hitting outfielder. He is a plus-runner with a chance to cause havoc on the bases.”
He helped his team to a 71-31 record and three trips to the playoffs during his three seasons as a letterman.
“With his strength he will have the ability to hit for power,” said Morgan. “Kwanstan knows how to compete against good competition because he played for Marucci 17 this summer. We are very excited about what he will bring to the program.”
He is the son of Kwame and Stan Adkins and has one sister, Kameryn, and brother, Chelon. Tait Dupont coaches Adkins at Brusly.
Barrett, a 6-0 infielder, was a two-sport standout at Barbe earning all-district honors in baseball and football. He is a two-district champion in both.
“Braedon is a player that we’ve recruited for two years now, and we saw him during first fall after we were hired,” said assistant coach Chris Curry. “He comes from arguably one of the best baseball programs in the country in Barbe High School in Lake Charles; we’re excited to get a player from a program like Barbe.”
Barrett was ranked by Perfect Game, an independent scouting service that puts on some of the best showcases and tournaments in amateur baseball, as the 39th-best third baseman in the nation.
“He brings outstanding makeup and work ethic. He’s a switch hitter and we saw him hit homeruns from both sides of the plate,” said Curry. “He has the ability to move and plays the game very, very smoothly, and we believe he can play anywhere on the infield.”
He is the son Shey and Jarred Barrett and has one brother (Tyler) and two sisters (Jordyn and Ann Kathryn).
Harper, a 6-1 outfielder, is a three-year letterman in baseball and a four-year letterman in football. He was named first-team all-district in his junior season with a .402 batting average and six homeruns. He was ranked as the 26th-best player out of Louisiana, right before fellow signee Miller Parker.
“Cade is a very physical player from Ouachita Christian under Coach (John) Parker,” said Curry. “We like his stroke from the left side and his ability to run for a big man.”
He led his team to a 30-6 season that ended in the state semifinals in 2013, and won the state championship in 2012.
“He’ll play centerfield in the spring, but we project him as a corner outfielder,” said Curry. “We like his presence from the left side (of the plate), and he plays the game hard and plays the game well. “
Harper is the son of Micha and Kristan Harper. He has one brother, Bo, and two sisters, Meghan and Mollie.
Ortiz, a 6-3 left-handed pitcher, is a six-year letterman in both baseball and golf, and four-year letterman in basketball. He was named first-team All-State and Vernon Parish pitcher of the year his sophomore season.
“From skill-set to character we expect these young men to make our university, alumni and community very proud,” said Burroughs. “Once again Chris and Andy proved to be solid judges of ability and character. Along with GT (McCullough), Coach (Evan) Coachman, academics and our players, it was a solid, hard fought effort and I’m very proud of them all.
“My guys can flat out recruit and I appreciate the time away from home and family to make this class possible,” he said.
The Demons open the 2014 season on Feb. 14 with a series at Jacksonville State.