LSU TE announces he is dropping baseball, focusing on football
Nick Storz has been a two-sport athlete at LSU, but moving forward, he’ll be focusing solely on football.
The Tigers baseball program put out a release Friday wishing him well on his pursuit of hoping to make it to the NFL one day.
“Nick has the full support of the baseball coaching staff, and he has been a very valued player in our program,” said LSU skipper Paul Mainieri. “He’s an amazing young man and a great leader, and we will miss him. But, I’m excited for him as he pursues a football career with total dedication. I hope we’ll be watching him play in the NFL one day!”
Storz began working out with the LSU football squad in the summer of 2020 and made the team as a tight end. He was in the starting offensive lineup for the Tigers’ season finale against Ole Miss, and he played in all 10 games as a member of the punt coverage unit.
“LSU Baseball family, I am forever grateful and blessed for the opportunity to have been able to play for the greatest program in college baseball,” Storz said. “The memories that I have made over the past three seasons will last a lifetime. It has been an honor to play for Coach Mainieri and the rest of the LSU Baseball coaching staff.
“While it was a tough decision to end my baseball career, I am excited about the opportunity to focus solely on football at LSU. I look forward to watching the LSU Baseball team this season in their pursuit of a National Championship! Geaux Tigers!”
Storz, a right-handed pitcher from Brooklyn, N.Y., was selected out of high school by Detroit in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft, but elected to enroll at LSU.
He was a member of the LSU pitching staff for three seasons (2018-20); however, injuries limited his appearances. In LSU’s shortened 2020 season, he appeared in six games out of the bullpen while posting a 1.04 ERA in 8.2 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.