Matt Speed wasn't sure if he would ever play collegiate baseball before last Thursday.
He thought he might end up at Navarro College as a regular student.
But after a somewhat prolonged and rocky recruiting process, Speed signed a letter of intent to play at Brookhaven Community College in Dallas on Wednesday, the only senior off the Tigers' 2010 baseball squad to play past high school.
"It felt really good,' Speed said by telephone Wednesday. "I felt like I had done something."
Speed was recruited to Brookhaven College following his graduation in May, and after a successful tryout at the school in early June, all signs pointed to him attending that NJCAA Division III school, father Ron Speed said.
However, after a coaching change at Brookhaven, Matt Speed's status appeared to be in limbo as he fell through the cracks in the midst of a new coaching regime.
So Speed called up to the school, and he was told he would need to try out again for a spot to make the team. New coach Brandon Rains, formerly an assistant at the University of Texas at Dallas, notified Speed last Thursday he would have a spot on the roster.
"I just got lucky," he said by telephone Wednesday. "It was pretty exciting."
A captain on the Tigers' squad last season, Speed hit .301 while playing center field for the first time in his life, where he made just one error the whole season. He earned first team all-district 16-4A and first team All-Golden Circle honors. He will play third base at Brookhaven, a position he played as a junior for the Tigers.
Though he didn't play summer ball, Speed had been trying to work in time to practice this summer while working a steady job at a YMCA summer camp, he said. He tried to keep a bat and ball in his hands whenever possible.
"I think it's a perfect fit for where he is in his game," Ron Speed said. "(This is) one of the highlights of his life."
Tigers coach Billy Harlan and Rains were both unavailable for comment Wednesday. afternoon.