Ever since their Pop Warner years, both Matt Gadek and Zach Frazier envisioned and dreamed about themselves playing football in a college jersey.
After both received a ton of attention late in the recruiting process, both were able to make their dreams become a reality on National Signing Day this past week. As Gadek will be taking his talents up North to the University of Northern Colorado, while Frazier will remain in the region after signing on the dotted line to attend Oklahoma Baptist University.
“It’s been a real stressful process on deciding where I want to go but it all paid off in the end because I’m signing where I want to go,” Gadek said. “It’s really awesome to see all my hard work pay off because I’ve been wanting this my whole life and to sign today makes me feel very accomplished inside.”
Gadek leaves high school as McKinney High’s all-time leading and MISD’s second all-time leading rusher with 5,153 and 45 TD’s. Although he led the area in rushing this season with 2,268 yards and 17 TD’s along with setting a Texas state record by rushing for 599 yards in a game against Plana East. It took a while for the Lions star running back to finally get on recruiter’s radar despite his prolific production.
Once he received his first offer, Gadek began receiving attention from some of the top Division II schools in the nation who came on strong wanting his running talents to be showcased on their campus. In the end, having the chance to be able to live out his lifelong dream of being a Division I athlete while playing for a school which fits him perfectly athletically and academically was enough to make Gadek become a Bear while keeping on purple and gold.
Just like his McKinney counterpart, Frazier is a low key no nonsense guy who lets his game and production do the talking.
While anchoring North’s line the last two seasons, Frazier paved the way for a rushing attack that rushed for over 3,000 total yards in both seasons and a team which made the playoffs in consecutive seasons. Frazier’s major production culminated with him being named first-team all-district his junior and senior seasons and winning the “Offensive Lineman of The Year” award for district 14-5A this season.
Unlike Gadek, Frazier began receiving attention from recruiters his junior season from schools as big as the Big Ten’s University of Minnesota due to his consistent dominate production on Friday. But in the end despite having multiple offers for his talents it was the Bison from Oklahoma Baptist which got the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Frazier to commit over the big schools due to what the program is building and the direction it’s going.
“They have a great coaching staff and great players with a culture that makes you feel like you are starting something special,” Frazier said. “I happy to go DII but I will carry that DI chip on my shoulder and hopefully use that fuel to do a lot of damage early. I’m just excited to be able to play the sport I love for four more years because it’s a great accomplishment and I’m happy with the opportunity I have.”