Signing with the Tigers were Eddie Ludwig of Metairie Park Country Day of Metairie, La., and Aaron Dotson of Ranier Beach High School in Seattle, Wash.
Ludwig is a 6-8, 195-pound small forward for Coach Michael McGuire, while Dotson is a 6-4 two guard for Coach Mike Bethea.
“Obviously, we are excited as a staff. We feel we have signed two quality young men from two very solid high school basketball programs,” said Johnson, whose team plays its first game under his leadership Saturday in the season opener at 1 p.m. in the Maravich Center against Jackson State. “Both are winners. Aaron won the state championship at Ranier Beach which has a rich tradition of excellent players and Eddie was a game from winning the state championship at Country Day.
“Both Coach Bethea and Coach McGuire are two excellent basketball coaches,” Johnson said. “So we feel that both these young men are coming in to our program well-prepared to have an immediate impact.”
Ludwig led the Cajuns to the Class 1A state finals the past two seasons. After scoring 13.5 points per game as a sophomore, he averaged 23.2 points and 13.5 rebounds as a junior. Ludwig was the District 10-1A MVP and was selected to the New Orleans All-Metro team as a junior. The Cajuns finished 29-12 and 25-15 the past two seasons.
Ludwig, who selected LSU over Wake Forest, Davidson, Tulane, California and Vanderbilt, was the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A Most Outstanding Player.
Dotson, who was rated a four-star recruit and the 22nd ranked shooting guard by Scout.com, averaged 13.5 points a game last season and his team won the Class 3A state championship.
Seattle is also where LSU Coach Johnson grew up. Several prominent players have gone from Ranier to either college or professional ranks including Doug Christie (formerly with Seattle and LA Clippers), Jamaal Crawford and Nate Robinson (both presently with the NY Knicks), Roderick Stewart (member of last year’s championship team at Kansas) and Louisville senior Terrence Williams. It marks the 12th consecutive year that someone from Ranier Beach has signed a Division I scholarship.
Dotson chose LSU over Louisville, Washington and SMU.