Top Penn State Commit Selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in Second Round of MLB Draft

Devon Platana
Top Penn State football commit Lonnie White Jr. was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft.
Top Penn State football commit Lonnie White Jr. was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft. / Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images
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Every now and then an athlete will come around who excels at multiple sports. That seems to be the case for Lonnie White Jr., who is extremely talented when it comes to football and baseball. Listed as a four-star wide receiver recruit, White committed to playing football for the Penn State Nittany Lions back in December.

However, news from the 2021 MLB Draft may have changed those plans.

Lonnie White Jr. MLB Draft

White was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in Round 2 as the No. 64 overall selection. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound outfielder had 5 home runs and 24 RBI in 30 games with Malvern Prep last season while slashing .384/.526/.697.

On the other hand, Penn State is likely less than thrilled about this news. Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin described White as "our version of Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders."

As the second-highest rated signee from the 2021 class, it's understandable if Franklin and the rest of the team's staff are worried about how much a potential baseball career could cut into White's time at Penn State. After all, White has shown some impressive potential as a wideout after recording 17 receptions for 369 yards and 5 touchdowns in four games of varsity football last year.

Regardless of which path he takes, it's clear that White is a special talent. Only time will tell whether baseball or football will be his main focus, as well as if he can indeed be the next Jackson or Sanders.


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