If someone had told Donnie Trosper two months ago that he’d be attending college in the state of Florida, he might not have believed it.
Trosper, who lives in Canton, Mich., was uncommitted and considering Pepperdine, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan before winning the AJGA’s Ping Invitational in October. Shortly after, Central Florida head coach Bryce Wallor came calling.
“They contacted me about a month ago,” said Trosper, who also fielded late interest from San Diego State and Colorado State, among others. “We went down there for a tour. They have a nice range and the facilities are gorgeous. The campus fit every aspect of what I was looking for.”
Last week, Trosper made it official by signing his national letter of intent during the early signing period, which began Nov. 12. He will join the Knights in the fall of 2015 along with fellow signees Klau Ganter and Thomas Le Barre.
Trosper won the Coca-Cola Junior at Boyne Highlands, Memorial Junior and Randy Wise Junior before his victory at Karsten Creek. The 17-year-old said that invitational victory, the biggest of his junior-golf career, helped put his name on the recruiting map.
“I’m sure a lot of these coaches saw that I had three wins and thought that maybe if I could get an invitational victory, then they would go after me,” Trosper said. “That win really broke the seal.”
Trosper said he’s excited to play college golf in Orlando, Fla., where he can practice outside year-round. Even as Orlando experienced a cold spell Tuesday afternoon (48 degrees), it was still considerably warmer than Canton (21 degrees).
“The weather in Orlando is just perfect,” Trosper said.
Sounds like Trosper has found the perfect fit.