It's typical for some of the best baseball talent to forego college ball if they are drafted high enough, opting instead to jump into the professional minor leagues where they would, in theory, face tougher competition and develop a bit faster.
That is not what Nick Lodolo decided to do. The TCU commit was drafted 41st overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates back on June 10th, but it appears he's heading to TCU anyway. Lodolo, a La Verne, California native, is a tall (6'6") left-handed pitcher with filthy stuff. He was tabbed a Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team All-American for 2016, and is the No. 9 baseball recruit in all of California (No. 48 overall). He was also rated as the No. 96 draft prospect for 2016 by Baseball America.
While Lodolo still has time to sign with the Pirates it seems at this point he's set on coming to TCU, and that would be a massive coup for the Frogs.
Lodolo wouldn't be the first player to pass up an opportunity to play professionally to come to TCU. The Texas Rangers drafted Matthew Purke in the first round of the MLB draft, only to see him make his way to Fort Worth instead of Arlington. And, of course, TCU phenom Luken Baker wrote a letter to MLB teams asking them not to draft him because he was set on going to TCU (he was still drafted).
Adding Lodolo and another big freshman Charles King to what is already going to be a stacked rotation/bullpen (Howard, Baker, Traver, Janczak, Burnett, Wymer, Horton, Feltman) is massive as the Frogs look to reload and get back to the College World Series for the fourth consecutive season.
TCU's recruiting class goes well beyond Lodolo and King, though, with arms like Dion Henderson and Trey Morris also being drafted last month (to the Reds and Phillies, respectively). Here's TCU's full recruiting class, courtesy of Perfect Game.