Little-Known Prospect Hoping To Hit It Big

This scholar-athlete has the Ivy Leaguers looking.

Chattanooga, Tenn.--Every year there are several sleeper prospects that make noise late during the recruiting season. This year among the many players who fit that category is offensive lineman Antonio Frazier from The Baylor School.

A 6-4, 255 two-way player who is being recruiting as an offensive lineman by most schools, Frazier plays in the shadow of highly-recruited Jacques McClendon. That may have kept him from being in the spotlight during his senior season and getting lots of scholarship offers, but he's hoping that changes as signing day approaches.

"It's frustrating not to have it and have to wait," Frazier tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I guess I'm just going to have to wait it out. I like places like Auburn and if I have a chance to go there or a school like that then I will take it, but if I don't get it what can you do?"

A very strong student in addition to his exploits on the football field, Frazier's work in the classroom has opened some doors already with some of the top academic schools in the country hoping to land him. Still, he says that he's hopeful he'll get a chance to play football in the SEC in the long run.

"Vanderbilt, Auburn, Harvard, Penn, Tennessee Tech, Furman, Wofford, Richmond are all talking with me," Frazier says. "I have offers from Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and Furman says they are about to. Auburn said they would do it late if they did."

A two-year starter on offense for Baylor in addition to part-time duties on defense, Frazier has been a very good compliment to McClendon on the line. A powerful player that excels blocking for the run, he says that he's improved his pass blocking this season as the year has progressed.

"The strength of my game is pass blocking," Frazier says. "Especially pass-pro and pass setting. I'm pretty good run blocker too. Right now I'm a little undersized (for college programs), but I'm big enough for the high school level."

With good speed (4.93 in the 40-yard dash) to go along with his size, Frazier has a strong upside for some program and one he wouldn't mind is Auburn. Very familiar with the Tigers and the city of Auburn, Frazier says there are a lot of things to like about them at the moment.

"One of my best friends dad play at Auburn," Frazier says. "His name was Jerry Gordon and he played back in the 60s (offensive tackle that lettered in 1967-68). I have been down there a couple of times with them to the games. I have been to the A-Club and have met a few of the players. I think I have toured once. I am pretty familiar with it and have some friends down there too."

If that doesn't work out Frazier will have his academic prowess to fall back on. Scheduled to visit Harvard on Dec. 9-11, he says that having Ivy League schools after him is a honor, but he's still hoping to hear from the Tigers or Commodores before it's all said and done.

"Yes sir I'm a pretty good student," he says. "I have a 3.4 GPA and a 26 on the ACT. I also have a 1290 on the SAT. It's a blessing to have somebody like Harvard calling you and wanting you to come up there. Then again, there's the football aspect of things with places like Auburn also talking to you. Sometimes I feel like I have the best of both worlds."

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