Boyd’s Chase Graham hasn’t been throwing the discus very long, but he had enough success to earn an opportunity to compete at the next level.
Graham signed a letter of intent with Texas A&M Commerce Tuesday.
While visiting the East Texas campus, Graham checked on his chances for competing in college.
“We went over there for a tour and checked with the coach to see if there were any spots available with the freshman team,” Graham said. “He said he was always looking and was excited to get a discus thrower.
“If I met a certain goal he would give me a scholarship, and I met that goal.”
He didn’t start throwing the discus until his junior year, but qualified for the regional meet the last two seasons.
“It was either football or track,” Graham said about his hopes of playing a sport in college. “I was shooting for football, but it didn’t work out like I thought it would.
“Then I had the opportunity for track and we took it from there.”
Graham is planning on majoring in engineering with a minor in business and finance.
“I liked the campus and the program they had,” he said. “They had the major that I wanted to pursue, and I thought it would be a good school to start out at.”