Earning a scholarship offer requires a lot of time and effort, and for Morgan County’s Dominic Frazzitta, all that paid off recently when Maryville College offered him a chance to join its program.
Frazzita said this entire process wouldn’t be possible without the coaches at Morgan County.
“Coach (Max) Gaubert has helped me through this entire thing,” Frazzitta said in reference to his recruiting process. “He’s the reason my recruiting has taken off like this. Before he helped me, I wasn’t getting looked at by any schools. He’s basically done everything for me in this process. He’s been a huge part in my recruitment.”
Frazzitta also gave praise to his trainer Damoion Wright, who is currently the offensive coordinator at Heritage High School.
“I’ve been training with him since my sophomore year,” Frazzita added. “He put in a lot of effort with me when no one else did, and he’s also one of the reasons I’m where I’m at today.”
Gaubert expressed that he was extremely proud of his position player.
“Dominic has been patient through this whole process,” Gaubert said. “He’s shown mental toughness throughout his high school playing career and has big things ahead of him.”
Frazzitta has been playing on both sides of the ball for the past three years at Morgan County. He’s taken snaps at both defensive end, nose guard and right tackle, respectively. Frazzitta has really been a swiss army knife for the Morgan County coaching staff for the past several years.
“I’ve been a right tackle my whole high school career,” Frazzitta said. “I was a left tackle in middle school, but they transitioned me to right my freshman year. And I’ve been there ever since. Up until my junior year, I was a defensive end and then I got bigger. So, then they moved me to the nose guard position.”
However, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound lineman said he wants to focus on playing on offense in college, especially on the exterior.
“During my senior year, I am planning on going both ways by playing nose guard and right tackle,” Frazzitta added. “However in college, I am mainly trying to go on offense. That’s just because I have more of a feel for it, and that’s where my strong suit is. It’s where I am most comfortable.”
Frazzitta has attended several camps throughout the past few years and has garnered some attention from his Hudl highlights online. He’s also been helped out by the MOCO Recruiting Page on Twitter, which is run by Gaubert. The account features athletes from Morgan County by providing size, weight, game highlights and their grade point average among other things.
“I believe the coach from Maryville just saw my film a few months ago and started texting me before the offer,” Frazzitta said. “We just started talking on the phone one day and that’s when he gave me the offer.”
Frazzitta hasn’t visited Maryville College, which is located in Tennessee, but plans on making an official visit this fall.
“During a five-minute conversation with the coach, I could tell we kind of clicked,” he said. “I liked him and could tell he was a good guy … It felt like he had a genuine interest.”
The rising senior plans on majoring in either history or social studies in college, and he feels like Maryville could be a great fit for him.
“I want to be a teacher and coach football after college,” Frazzita said. “I want to start out at the middle school level and work my way up to high school. Football is my life. It’s been important to me since day one.”
Gaubert said that he expects more offers to come in for Frazzitta.
“Whether it’s Maryville or another school that will offer him, I’m excited he’s earned the opportunity to play at the next level,” Gaubert added. “I’d assume he and others will get more interest once we start playing. COVID has really hurt recruiting, but the guys we have in the class of ‘22 will have their opportunities soon.”
Frazzitta said that he will play it by ear and his recruitment is still open.