Grand Forks Red River's Shelby Frank has been receiving college recruiting letters since she was in middle school.
The Roughriders' senior-to-be put the recruiting process to rest Friday morning.
Frank, a three-time national discus champion, has committed to the University of Minnesota.
I am very excited to announce my commitment to the University of Minnesota as I continue to pursue my academic and athletic goals. A special thank you to all of my coaches, teammates, family and friends who have supported me along the way!! #gogophers pic.twitter.com/RXtMlcxcVD— shelby frank (@shelby_frank) July 19, 2019
Frank went to the Minneapolis campus last year on an unofficial visit.
"When I saw the campus, I fell in love and knew that's where I wanted to end up," Frank said. "It felt like home."
Frank was deciding between scholarship offers from LSU, Indiana, Iowa and North Dakota State, among others.
"NDSU has a really good throwing coach; one of the best in the nation," Frank said. "When it came down to those two, it came back to the school experience. (Minnesota) was a bigger college and more opportunities."
Frank said Indiana and Iowa proved to be too far from home for her.
"I had been talking to Minnesota for quite a while," Frank said. "I wanted to be part of that family."
Frank, who wants to pursue a medical career, became a four-time North Dakota Class A state champion in the discus last spring. Frank has also won three national discus events by winning the New Balance national meet (2019) and USA Track & Field national meet in years prior (2018 and 2017).
Her personal best throw during her junior high school season was 167 feet, which was the third best throw in the nation.
She said she's thrown 169-0 this summer and hopes to challenge North Dakota's all-time best prep throw next year. That mark is held by Red River's Briona Reynolds, who threw 179-1 in 1999.
"I want to have the No. 1 throw in the nation, and I want to try to be No. 1 all-time (in North Dakota)," Frank said. "Briona has a big mark."