A teenager in Texas has emerged as the unexpected and maybe even unlikely inspiration for anyone who wants to compete in a college sport they didn’t play in high school.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Matt Frappier, a recent graduate at Coppell High School in suburban Dallas, will play collegiate baseball for American International College beginning in fall 2016. That wouldn’t be particularly surprising except for the fact that Frappier never played baseball at Coppell at all; he was cut from the school’s team as a freshman, but continued to compete for his select travel team in nearby Carrollton. A pitcher for that Pro Source select squad, Frappier excelled on the mound and used his highlights and stats for a recruiting site called CaptainU, where he was given access to reach out directly to college coaches.
That outreach eventually paid off, earning Frappier an invitation to a pair of Division II programs: American International College and Oklahoma Christian. The hurler eventually selected AIC, where he plans to compete for the Yellow Jackets.
No, he won’t be suiting up with a Division I powerhouse, but he will be playing college baseball, thanks largely to sheer determination and one man’s refusal to be deterred by an initial setback at the traditional high school level.