She’s only a rising junior, but West Forsyth softball player Alana Frye already knows where she plans on going to college.
Frye, who hit. 346 with 10 doubles and 18 RBIs as a catcher for the Wolverines last season, committed to continue her softball career at Kennesaw State University Thursday night.
Kennesaw State was the first Division I school to offer Frye. She also received offers from Palm Beach State and Lander University—both Division II schools—and considered Mercer University in Macon, which had not offered her as of Friday.
For Frye, who has two more seasons to continue her success and garner more attention, the commitment to the Owls and their head coach Tory Acheson was a testament to the family atmosphere she looks forward to joining in the Fall of 2017.
“The way coach Tory kind of goes about his business, no matter if you’re a freshman or a senior at KSU and playing, it’s whoever is doing well will play. Age doesn’t really matter,” Frye said. “As far as the school goes, I know they had been renovating and adding new things. The campus is beautiful, convenient and everything is really close. The softball fields are right there and they keep the softball players in rooms right next to the stadium.”
Frye committed after meeting with Acheson following a campus visit Thursday night. She also said her commitment as a rising junior is common practice.
“Basically, how it works for us and a lot of female sports, is schools start to look at girls in their freshman season. Bigger schools like Georgia, or the higher level schools, they start looking even earlier. Mostly, people commit around their sophomore or junior seasons with verbal commitments,” Frye said.
She also insists her verbal commitment won’t be swayed.
“I think you have to really know in your heart where you want to go. I know girls who have taken those verbal commitments back and honestly, it looks bad. A lot of bigger schools get too many commitments way too early too, so by the time you get to senior year you don’t play,” Frye said.
To stay busy, Frye has been competing with Team Georgia (Hawk)’s 16-under team, based out of John’s Creek, which competed in an Amateur Softball Association tournament over the weekend.
“Outside of high school I’m just on my travel team,” Frye said. “We only have very few breaks in the winter and some in the summer, so we essentially play year round. I’m playing in tournaments every weekend, practicing whenever I can. I have lessons during the way. It’s softball for me, every day.”