Outfielder Dalton Harrington from LSU-Eunice, utility player Chet Simoneaux from Wallace Community College and catcher Dalton Todd from Lewisburg (Miss.) High School will play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2013 season. Harrington helped lead LSU-E to a 45-15 record last season while Todd is rated as the ninth best player in the state of Mississippi by Perfect Game.
Herrington continues a solid pipeline from LSU-E to ULM which has produced players such as Kyle Suire, Matt Collins, Caleb Clowers, Boomer Blanchard and Les Aulds. The 6-foot outfielder from Homer, La., led LSU-E with 23 doubles and a .603 slugging percentage last season. Herrington finished his freshman season batting at a .345 clip with three triples, seven home runs, 50 RBIs and a .459 on-base percentage over 53 starts. At Minden High School, Herrington earned all-district honors as a sophomore, honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and all-state honors as a senior.
"Dalton is a solid baseball player and an outstanding individual," Schexnaider said. "Not only will he bring his outstanding talents on the baseball field with him, but he will also bring a tremendous work ethic and strong leadership qualities. LSU-Eunice is one of the top junior college programs in the nation and has produced several outstanding players for our program in the past."
Simoneaux is a versatile athlete who is expected to not only pitch for the Warhawks, but also see time behind the plate and at first base. The native of Brusly, La., began his collegiate career as a quarterback at Southeastern Louisiana before transferring to Wallace CC to play baseball. Simoneaux batted .320 with nine doubles, a triple, three home runs, 18 RBIs and a .526 slugging percentage his first season at Wallace. On the mound, he posted a 1-3 record with a 5.63 in 10 appearances out of the bullpen. He earned all-district honors at Brusly High School as a catcher his senior season.
"Chet is a physical player who can play multiple positions," Schexnaider said. "He is a hard-throwing right-hander who also has some pop at the plate. Chet will bring some more physicality to our lineup and pitching staff."
Todd comes to ULM as one of the top high school players in the state of Mississippi. He is a two-time first team all-district and all-conference catcher for Lewisburg High School. The 6-foot right-hander batted .287 with five doubles, four home runs, 25 RBIs and a .524 on-base percentage. Todd was remarkable behind the plate as he threw out 15-of-18 potential base stealers. In addition to being ranked as the ninth best player in the state of Mississippi, Perfect Game also rates him among the top 500 players in the nation.
"Dalton is one of the top defensive catchers in the South," Schexnaider said. "He not only possesses the physical skills, but he also understands the mental part of the game. He has a great ability to control the game and handle a pitching staff. Dalton has a very high baseball IQ and is a great addition to our program."
The early signing period runs through Nov. 16.
ULM Baseball Signing Class
Tanner Hebert (IF) - Zachary (La.) HS
Dalton Herrington (OF) - LSU-Eunice
Christo Jones (RHP) - Gulf Coast State College
Josh Leone (RHP) - Calvary Baptist (La.) HS
Chet Simoneaux (UTL) - Wallace Community College
Kodie Tidwell (IF) - West Ouachita (La.) HS
Dalton Todd (C) - Lewisburg (Miss.) HS