WNSP Athlete of the Week: Miguel Frias, Theodore

Each week during the Road to the Alabama High School State Championships, Mark, Lee, and Michael will feature an “Athlete of the Week” right here!

With our Road to the Alabama High School State Championships fully underway, the next stop the Opening Kickoff made was at Theodore High School where our Athlete of the Week is senior Miguel Frias!

Frias is a two-sport star for the Bobcats, with soccer being his first but not to be overshadowed by his kicking abilities on the football team.

Incredibly, Frias has almost half of the team’s goals on the season with 18 goals (the team has 44) in just 15 games. The Bobcats have secured the top area spot over Saraland and Murphy largely due to Frias’ contributions.

Frias is able to play any position on the field from defense to striker to even goalie if he was asked to do so.

Frias’ coach, Dalton Steiner, offered incredibly high praise for him, talking about his versatility and intelligence on the field.

“The benefit of Miguel is I can put him anywhere I want to on the field and he will excel…there is so much flexibility in that. If I’m trying to play a more defensive game, I will put Miguel back there. If I want to play an attacking game, I will put someone else back there and Miguel up front….This guy right here, Miguel Frias, has taught me way more soccer than I will ever teach him,” Steiner said.

Miguel talked about the contrasts between soccer and football and which one he feels is harder.

“I would say kicking a field goal is harder…I’ve had some big kicks in my life that I’ve had so much pressure on. In soccer, yes there’s a lot of pressure, but kicking is solely on one person. If that person messes up, it’s a big deal, if he makes it he’s the hero. Everybody is looking at him. On the soccer field, everyone is looking at everyone,” he said.

Miguel said he has worked extremely hard every year and felt he has gotten better in both sports each year with his peak being this season, his senior year.

While he holds offers from multiple schools in both sports right now, Miguel says that his current plan is to attend South Alabama for construction management, but he is also considering offers from both Georgia Tech and Georgia State.

You can listen to our full interview with Miguel right here and get all of our on-air content at WNSP Now wherever you get your podcasts: