FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista senior offensive lineman Doug Frost signed his national letter of intent on Monday to continue his football career at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo.
A four-year varsity player and right guard for the Panthers, Frost said his family factored into his decision to make the 880-mile move.
"There were three other schools talking to me, but the thing that mattered most was family, and my sister lives about two hours away from Kansas City," Frost said.
The 6-foot, 250-pound guard did it all for PV, according to Panthers head coach Jared Howell. He said Frost was a dependable run-and-pass blocker who made major strides as an upperclassman.
"He's been a kid that's been with the program for the long haul," Howell said. "We've had a chance to kind of watch him grow up. He came into his own in his junior year. Then his senior year, he really became one of the solid foundations of our offensive line."
Frost has been playing football since he was in third grade. For as far back as he can remember, he said, he has dedicated time in the off-season to training in an area that needed improvement. Now, ahead of the shift to college ball, he said he will focus on his footwork.
"I hope to get faster and quicker on my feet," Frost said. "I'm going to do a lot more agility work."
Avila is a private school in the Heart of America Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2015, the Eagles football team finished with a 3-8 record.
Frost said he enjoyed the tour he took of the school during spring break.
"When I went and visited, they were nice. They were super cool," Frost said. "I already have a great relationship with the (offensive line) coach, as well as the head coach. They said they want me in there competing and ready to go."
Frost isn't sure where he'll initially play on the O-line, but said he hopes to continue as a right guard. Howell said he thinks Frost is a bright player who is going to make any adjustment the coaching staff asks of him.
"He led by example. He wasn't going to be the 'rah-rah' guy," Howell said. "We tell the kids there's too many people talking nowadays and not enough people doing. He was more of a doer. And he's a kid that never had any trouble adjusting to schemes or catching on to plays or anything like that. (Avila) is going to get a good kid that's going to come in and work hard."
Frost, who received a $15,500 scholarship from Avila, said he will either major in marketing or sports management.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.