February 3rd is National Signing Day, but Seniors Ryan Champlin and Jonathan Sheehy have both already signed to play sports in college months ago. These seniors have something in common aside from early college committal, they both have been training in their sport their whole lives.
Champlin, who signed November 11, 2015 will be attending Texas Christian University to run track, specifically the sprint events.
Sheehy, who signed November 18, 2015, will be joining his brother, 2014 GPA Graduate Josh Sheehy, at Abilene Christian University to play tennis and pursue a degree in business.
“I always wanted to play college tennis,” said Sheehy, who has been playing tennis “since I could hold a racket.”
Even though the pressure is off, and he has already committed to a school, Sheehy continues to stay motivated.
“I have become a little bit more motivated knowing that I have to keep at least a 3.5 GPA, which should not be a problem,” said Sheehy, “but senior year is no walk in the park.”
Sheehy isn’t slowing down on the court or gym just because he knows where he is headed. He has also become more motivated in his workouts.
“I’m going to the gym more often, pushing myself harder, and the coach [at ACU] is huge on fitness, so I have also been doing a lot of running,” said Sheehy.
From the court to the track, GPA saw Champlin signing to TCU to run track. This is no small feat, considering GPA doesn’t even have a track to train on. Our track athletes literally go the extra mile across town, to train at UTA’s track. They must be committed.
“I always wanted to run track in college at a big division one school,” said Champlin, who has been running track “ever since I could remember.”
He has already committed but still works hard, as if he hasn’t gotten a college offer.
“I still work out as I did before,” said Champlin. “Nothing has changed just because I’m committed, I still have to get ready for this season and still go hard as if I’m still trying to get into college.”
Champlin hasn’t slowed down one bit, as he is still running fast toward his goal.
“I’m still at the track working harder and harder so I can be prepared for college, I want to be the best I can be when I get there,” said Champlin.