With the recent success of the Arizona baseball team came the departure of five very talented players. Now it is up to the coaching staff to find new faces that may fill in over the next few years.
Some pieces will fall into place this season, as the Wildcats fight to defend their National Championship. However, some pieces may not be available until next season.
Evan Hebert, a left-handed pitcher out of Loreauville (La.) verbally committed to the Arizona Wildcats earlier this year.
“I committed at the end of July," Hebert said. "First of all, it was what worked out best for my family. The school is a place where I can get a good education.
“The baseball program is really good and I love the coaching staff.”
Hebert went on all of his college visits at the end of his junior year of high school. He visited the Arizona campus just as the team was starting to heat up for the postseason run. Even with the championship run, the lefty claims that he knew he wanted to be a Wildcat well before that.
“I went on all my visits in May before the postseason even started,” Hebert said. “When I was over there, I fell in love with it. I knew it was the definite place for me. Once they made an offer, I was already sold and knew I was going there.”
The Wildcats beat out baseball powerhouse LSU for the left-handed pitcher. That comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Tigers rarely allow in-state talent to leave.
“Louisiana State was recruiting me pretty hard, but I decided I’d rather go West,” Hebert said. “I just really love Arizona and I’ve always had dreams about going to the west coast.
“The Pac-12 has so much tradition with great baseball. I know that LSU does too and I still support them as a hometown team, but I just fell in love with Arizona.”
After his commitment, Hebert stayed in contact with the coaches and talks to them as much as possible. Hebert likes to talk about his own team as well as the current Wildcats.
“I talk to the coaches about once a week,” he said. “We talk about how things are going, what I’m doing to get ready for the season, and how the team is doing now.”
The senior is gearing up for his final high school season. Last year, the Loreauville Tigers went 12-12 and this season, Hebert hopes that they can improve on that record.
“Our work outs have been going good so far,” Hebert said. “I’m going to be a starting pitcher again this season, but I play some outfield too. We are just trying to get better as a team.”
Once the high school season is all said and done, Hebert will be ready to come to Tucson and show off his skills.
“I’ll definitely be a pitcher at Arizona,” he said. “The coaches have told me that if I can show skill with the bat then I might get a chance to play outfield there.”