After playing three sports for Harlem High School during his time there, Devin Frails narrowed his scope for college.
On Tuesday the Bulldogs’ MVP for track signed a letter of intent to run track and cross country at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga.
With the start of the fall semester just months away, signing at a late date proved stressful for Frails.
“There were some nights where I just had to pray, and I prayed about it and God answered my prayers,” said Frails. “I’m happy now, but it did get pretty difficult. That’s why other athletes should start early and they wouldn’t be in my situation.”
At Harlem, Frails also played football and basketball.
“I’m just extremely proud of him,” said head track coach and athletic director Adam Fulford. “He’s a special athlete simply because we tried for four years to make him tired, and we couldn’t do it. I think he’s making the right decision to run track.”
Frails visited Brewton-Parker, an NAIA school that competes in the Southern States Athletic Conference, just a few days before his signing. He liked the campus, and the Barons’ colors hold a special significance for him.
“My friend Jonathan Hartman died, and he loved orange and blue,” Frails said. “Every time I put those colors on, I know he’ll be proud of me.”
Frails will run cross country in the fall and then switch gears to track for the winter and spring.
“My two favorite events are the 100 (meter) and the 200, but whatever coach tells me to run, I’ll do it,” he said.