Former Oakdale High School football standout Frankie Trent has spent the last two years in Chico. Trent dazzled Mustang fans on Friday nights while in Oakdale, and during his time at Butte Community College, Trent made an impact on Saturdays. The popular fullback will be taking his talents to Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas this fall.
“When I chose Butte two years ago, I knew it was a temporary stay. God gave me the opportunity to go to Butte and I will always cherish my time there. However, God blessed me with this amazing opportunity to play at Benedictine College in Kansas,” Trent said about his new destination.
Although Trent will be thousands of miles from home, Oakdale will always be special for the 2015 OHS graduate.
“I’m nervous; I love this community, my family and friends. But this is the best way for me to get my education and I am looking at the big picture for my future,” Trent said. “This will be the best way to help my family out as well. Family is the most important thing to me, and even though I will be far away from them, I know that each day I am away that it will bring me closer to them and our goals.”
While at Butte, Trent did not carry the ball as an every down back like his time at Oakdale. However, Trent did see the field on special teams his freshman year, and his sophomore year, he got more carries and was utilized more in the offensive scheme, including in the passing game.
“The trainers and coaches noticed my work ethic in the weight room and the practice field and that led to a big role in the offense in my sophomore year,” Trent said.
During his two seasons there, Butte went 15-8 overall.
As impressive as Trent was on the field in Oakdale, the now 19-year-old continues to impress in the classroom. While in Oakdale, Trent maintained a near 3.7 grade point average. This past winter, Trent earned a near 4.0 grade point average at Butte.
“I started out majoring in physiology, but I think now I am going to major in business. The dream has always been to become a firefighter and that is still the goal,” he explained. “I just think business will benefit me and my family more.”
The journey to Benedictine College took a serious push when the offensive line coach scouted Trent heavily and showed the head coach film on Trent. “The entire coaching staff sat down and watched film. They were impressed with me and called me. It is a Catholic school, and they do a lot with the Christian athletes and that made me feel good about my choice as well.”
Trent will be eligible on the gridiron for two seasons, but will have three years of eligibility in the classroom under his scholarship.
Benedictine College is a Division II school and competes in the Heart Of America Conference and went 7-4 on the season in 2016.