Legacy Christian Academy hosted a collegiate signing day for two of our senior student-athletes on February 6. These two young men, Sam Clayton, and Jacob Frater, have played football together at Legacy for the past six years, making their dual signing even more significant. Signing a National Letter of Intent represents a milestone for these players and their families as years of hard work and dedication lead to an opportunity to play their sport at the college level.

Sam Clayton

Sam Clayton University of Tulsa

Sam Clayton signing his National Letter of Intent to play at University of Tulsa, together with his parents Shawn and Erin and Legacy Coach Marvin Nash.

Sam Clayton committed to play football at the University of Tulsa. He has played football since the age of four and is excited to take his passion and natural talent to the collegiate level. Sam plans to study petroleum engineering, and the University of Tulsa has an excellent program for this field of study. He was drawn to Tulsa not only because of the first-class athletic facilities associated with a D-1 school, but, more importantly, he was drawn to the coaching staff. He connected with Josh Atkinson, a former student at Legacy, who is a graduate assistant coach at Tulsa. Sam and Josh had trained together for three years at Legacy, which only solidified his decision to go to Tulsa. He is thrilled at the concept of playing in front of a big crowd of people and the inherent adrenaline rush that accompanies that experience.

Legacy Head Coach Scott Smith described Sam as a thinker, a planner, a worker, and a goal-oriented leader. Smith recollected Sam's interception against Southwest Christian, where he handily set up the Legacy offense for a touchdown (see video). Sam was Captain of the Legacy football team for two years and honored as First Team All-District Defensive Line, Second Team All-State Defensive Line, Academic All-State, and Legacy’s Most Valuable Player.

Jacob Frater

Jacob Frater signs with The College of Wooster

Jacob Frater signing his National Letter of Intent to play football at The College of Wooster. He is joined by his brother, Legacy Sophomore Nathan Frater, his mother, Leslie, and father Doug.

Jacob Frater also started playing football at the age of four. His dad, Doug, jokes that he “put a football in his crib when he was born.” Like most young football players, he started with flag football and continued his journey to tackle football, playing in leagues and attending skills camps. Legacy Head Coach Scott Smith described Jacob as a confident, hard-working competitor who is a valuable and dependable team player. Jacob Frater was a name heard throughout The Star on the night of the Prince of Peace competition when he picked up a fumble for a 30-yard recovery run (see video).

He has committed to play football at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio.  While he was aggressively recruited by ten schools and was scouted by over fifty, Wooster was easily the top contender. Jacob connected with Defensive Line Coach Atkins and the football “felt great.” Additionally, he has family in Wooster and his dad lived there after college and even made the decision to propose to Jacob's mother while on the campus at The College of Wooster.

Wooster, known as the Ivy League of Ohio, is an academically rigorous school and was even named one of the top ten schools in the country where students study the most. Jacob is already adept at putting in long hours. After his school day, he spends time training in the gym in addition to working two hours a day with his mother in her Physical Therapy office. His long-term goal is to follow in his mother's footsteps and go into physical therapy. During his time at Legacy, Jacob was named First-Team All-District Offensive Line and was also named Legacy’s Offensive Player of the Year.
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