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Dylan Crews Turned Down Millions to Become LSU’s Next Legend
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Dylan Crews turned down millions of dollars to play for the LSU Tigers. Not thousands or tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands. Millions.

Coming out of Lake Mary High School in Florida, Crews was already gifted. He ran the 60-yard dash in under 6.7 seconds. His velocity topped 92 MPH. Balls flew off his bat at 100 MPH.

The prized recruit from Longwood, Florida was rated the 35th-best player in the 2020 MLB Draft by CBS Sports, meaning if he would’ve been drafted at that spot, he would’ve received some $2 million as a signing bonus.

It’s still early in LSU’s season, but Crews is proving he made the correct decision. The freshman is playing like a seasoned veteran in Baton Rouge and showing fans in Alex Box Stadium every night that he’s the best first-year player in college baseball.

Don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon.

LSU’s Dylan Crews: Star Freshman

Through nine games, freshman right fielder Dylan Crews is by far the best hitter on a dynamite LSU squad ranked 11th in the NCAA.

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Crews leads the team in home runs (5), hits (16), average (.457), runs (12), doubles (3), total bases (34) and has even added two stolen bases. Only three other players across the nation have hit more homers. The five-tool talented leadoff hitter is doing it all at the plate, on the base paths and in the outfield, and he’s a reason LSU owns one of the most potent offenses in college baseball thus far.

Crews blasted his first ever home run on Feb. 21 against Air Force:

He homered again the next day on Feb. 22 against Louisiana Tech. His third long ball came on Feb. 27 against Nicholls, who fell victim to Crews’ power again on March 3. Later that night, he hit his fifth against Southern.

Crews has been so good in his first taste of college ball that he’s received praise from a former LSU player who is now a MLB all-star and World Series champion: Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman.

Bregman called LSU head coach Paul Mainieri personally because he was so excited after watching the freshman. The former No. 2 pick also tweeted he thinks Crews will be the first overall pick in a few years.

Crews hasn’t faced SEC pitching just yet. The Tigers play a plethora of tough teams like Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama and Texas A&M this season. Those series will really show us if Crews is for real.

For now, Mainieri seems ecstatic to have such a well-rounded baseball player in the lineup.

“He’s the total package,” he told reporters. “He not only has talent as a ball player, but he’s got the greatest attitude. He’s got all the tools. He’s a can’t miss prospect. I can’t put numbers on what I expect him to accomplish.”

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Crews left Lake Mary the No. 13 player in the country, according to Perfect Game. He was the highest-rated player to skip the draft and attend college in 2020.

He did all the things players of his caliber do in high school.

Chicago’s Wrigley Field for the Under Armour All-American Game? Check. San Diego’s Petco Park for the Perfect Game American Game? That too. Cleveland’s Progressive Field for the High School All-Star Game? Sure, why not.

Crews ultimately gave up first-round money and chose LSU because he wants to become a better player and win a national championship. In Baton Rouge, that’s probably his best route.

“My ultimate dream was to go to LSU, be an icon, be a dude there,” Crews told Tiger Rag. “I want to get drafted out of college in 2023. I wanted to play for (LSU) coach (Paul) Mainieri because the coaching staff there was all that I wanted. Throughout this whole process I wanted to go to LSU. It’s something I always wanted to do.”

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“I wanted to develop my game, there’s no shortcuts in baseball. There wasn’t a better opportunity I could have than LSU. I know by going there, I’ll mature as a player, I’m going to be a better outfielder, be a better hitter and experience going to Omaha and hopefully win a national championship. I want to be the best player that I can when I re-enter the draft in 2023.”

Dylan Crews is already lighting up the NCAA and he hasn’t even played 10 games yet. When his time is up in Louisiana and it’s time to transition to the professional ranks, he may wind up a legend in the purple and gold.

Considering greats like Bregman are already raving about him, he could very well do that.

“I’m going to give it all that I’ve got from the first inning until the last inning,” Crews told Tiger Rag. “Hopefully I can make my name there.”

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Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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