People thought he was crazy for going to school. His risk paid off in a big way.
“I was pretty much set on [school] to begin with,” Lodolo said. “I knew that if I signed out of high school, I was not going to go back to do four years of education and education was really important to me and my family.”
Along with that time to develop and work on his strength, Lodolo attributes much of his success to the coaching staff that he worked with in recent years.
”[Coach Kirk Saarloos] has been phenomenal since the day I got here,” Lodolo said. “I enjoy Coach Saarloos so much and not just as a pitching coach, but as someone off the field who helps you in any way possible you can imagine.”
The highest draft pick in TCU Baseball history.
“There’s a lot to like about Nick Lodolo,” said Dick Williams, Reds president of baseball operations. “He’s left-handed, and he’s big. He can throw hard. He’s got a four-pitch mix, so our guys think he has a very good chance to stay a starter. He’s got a big fastball that ticked up as time went on, so we’ve seen him up to 97. He’s got a very good slider that also improved as the year went on. He’s got a changeup and a curveball.
“Talking to his coach (Jim Schlossnagle) — he’s had a lot of good pitchers come through that program — he said Nick’s got more upside than all of them.”
Kelly has been a boon to recruiting, and has also supposedly had an impact on the offensive playbook, too.
Malcolm Kelly’s wild ride had him on the road recruiting one recent day. He answered his phone and talked about joining TCU’s staff as outside receivers coach, about selling potential Horned Frogs on Gary Patterson’s vision.
We still see Kelly suited up against Patterson’s Frogs to open Oklahoma’s 2005 season. Now he’s returning to Owen Field on Nov. 23 to fight the Sooners?
“It’s gonna be good to go back across that Red River this year,” Kelly said. “With different intentions. With (pause) different (pause) intentions, man.”
This is weird. The Freshman All-American receiver from that 2005 season is suddenly 32 years old.
Test time: 4.32 in the 40-yard dash
247Sports take: The ideal weapon in Gary Patterson’s speed-based offense, Reagor is rarely tackled by the first defender within range. He’s too fast. His 40-yard dash times, at least reportedly, have gotten faster with age and it’ll be interesting to see where his 2019 numbers fall after TCU’s spring testing. Arguably the fastest player in the Big 12, Reagor could have a monster campaign if the Horned Frogs find stability at quarterback. In terms of game speed at the wideout spot, there aren’t many who are as quick as Reagor and he could surge toward first-round status with another spectacular season.
The Frogs will lose one more player before the end of the month, as they are over the scholarship limit still.
“Things don’t always go as we plan but God is in control,” Davis wrote. “With that being said, I will be transferring with three years of eligibility left. I will never forget the great fans at TCU.”
Davis is expected to consider a number of schools as his next destination, including LSU, SMU, Arizona State, San Diego State, Villanova, Tennessee and Texas A&M.