Phillip Tran threw 25 touchdowns passes as a sophomore last season while leading Fremont to nine victories and a league championship.
But next fall, he will have a new home.
Tran confirmed a Tweet by Prep2Prep that he got accepted late last week to Archbishop Mitty.
“We have been wanting me to go to private school since Day 1, but we weren’t financially there until now,” Tran said Tuesday. “My dad feels a private school is a place where I can excel academically and athletically at a high level.
“It sucks leaving Fremont. But at the end of the day, you are your own man and you have to do what is best for you. I agree 100 percent with my dad.”
Tran said his grade-point average has dipped in the past year, and he does not want it to keep heading in that direction.
“Freshman year my grades were at 3.5,” said Tran, who had two close cousins graduate from Mitty the past two years. “This year, it kind of dropped down to around a 3.0 area. It’s OK, but it’s not at a level that me and my dad expect it to be. We want to do this so I can get back on track and get my academics up there again.”
Tran said he has talked a little with new Mitty coach Keith Burns, noting that Burns was a coach at San Jose State when Adam Tafralis, Tran’s trainer, played at the school.
The move to Mitty also means a move to the West Catholic Athletic League, a huge step up from the lower division in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, the division Fremont played in last fall.
“It’s going to be a tough league,” said Tran, who is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. “To be the best, you have to play against the best. The WCAL is the best league to be in.”
The reaction at Fremont, Tran said, has been mixed. He talked to his coaches about the move the past few days.
“They were a little upset,” Tran said. “But they want what’s best for me. I respect them as coaches. They told me good luck.”
And his former teammates?
“Some of them took it the wrong way,” Tran said. “Some of them took it OK.”