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Penn State Prospect Lonnie White Jr. Selected No. 64 Overall In 2021 MLB Draft

Penn State football and baseball prospect Lonnie White Jr. is already making his presence known in the big leagues.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected White No. 64 overall in the 2021 MLB Draft. At this time, though, it’s unclear whether he’ll immediately begin a professional baseball career or bring his talents to Happy Valley. Either way, it’s worth noting that White hasn’t enrolled at Penn State yet.

White now has until 11:59 p.m. on August 15 to choose between signing with the Pirates or attending Penn State.

Back in December, White committed to Penn State football as a four-star athlete with the tools to become a wide receiver. He’s the No. 7 overall Class of 2021 prospect in Pennsylvania and the No. 27 receiving prospect in the country, according to 247Sports.

Ahead of the draft, James Franklin tweeted in support of White and applauded his “ability to stay centered, be selfless, and focus intently” on his athleticism.

Furthermore, MLB.com ranked White as this draft’s No. 72 prospect. The Athletic, meanwhile, pegged White as this year’s No. 48 baseball prospect.

“Strong and physical, White is easily a plus runner with speed that allows him to play an outstanding center field, with an average arm, and should make him a threat on the basepaths,” MLB.com wrote. “The biggest question will be if scouts can see enough of him playing baseball to take his huge ceiling early enough to sign him away from his two-sport commitment to college.”

White, a Malvern Prep star, would likely call the outfield home in the major leagues. In his final high school baseball season, he hit .395 with five home runs, 26 stolen bases, 25 RBIs, and 17 extra-base hits.

See what White may bring to the diamond by checking out this highlight reel.

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