Catholic-BR pitcher Ross Massey commits to Tulane

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Catholic High pitcher Ross Massey pitches against Denham Springs this past season.
Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Catholic High pitcher Ross Massey pitches against Denham Springs this past season.

Ross Massey knew he wanted to commit to Tulane during a visit to the school last week. The Catholic High left-hander made it official by committing to the Green Wave baseball program on Wednesday.

The younger brother of current Green Wave pitcher Alex Massey recorded a 7-3 record last season while helping the Bears advance to the Class 5A quarterfinals.

“I felt like I was at home the whole time I was there,” Massey said of the visit. “Everything about it I liked. I like the campus, the coaches … really everything.”

Massey said his other finalists included the Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Mississippi, Nicholls State and the UNO.

In addition to helping the Bears to the quarterfinals last spring, Massey played a key role in Catholic’s march to a Class 5A state title in 2012.

Another senior, East Ascension’s Tristan Babin (Nicholls State), also committed Wednesday.

Alex Massey, a redshirt junior for 2015, was 3-4 last spring for the Green Wave. While Massey already had a special connection to Tulane through his sibling, Massey said his brother “respected the process” before his commitment and didn’t try to influence his choice.

“For sure I’m glad to get this part of recruiting over,” Massey said. “Now I can look forward to my senior year.”

Massey said there is a chance the two brothers could play together for the Green Wave in 2016. But he’s not counting on it.

“A lot depends on the season (Alex) has and what happens with the (Major League) draft next year, so we’ll see,” Ross Massey said. “It would be great for him to get drafted. If he isn’t, it would be great to play with him.”

East Ascension’s Babin played first base and pitched for the Spartans last spring.