Let's just say there is some major fist-pumping and high-fiving going on at TCU baseball right now. The Horned Frogs just landed a huge commitment with Klein senior left-handed pitcher Matt Purke. This kid is not only the best pitcher in Houston, he is regarded as one of the best prospects in the nation.
And listen to what schools he turned down....Arizona State, USC, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Purke is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 best prospect. Getting him on campus is another issue because of the draft.
"I think it's the place for me," Purke said. "It's a very strong program and they dominate their conference every year."
Little scouting report on Purke: He went 12-1 last season, is 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, lives in Spring (hometown of Josh Beckett and TCU former star Sam Demel) and has a fastball in the 90-94 mph range. He also pitched in the exclusive Aflac and Under Armour All-American games.
So why did Purke go with TCU over ASU? Look at the No. 1 draft picks TCU has produced on the mound in recent years and he knows several of this year's freshman from Houston and his parents can drive to games.
Purke will officially sign Nov. 10.
- Rick Herrin