Frazier Excited About Future At Auburn

Auburn's newest commitment Kiehl Frazier talks about his reasons for choosing the Tigers.

Springdale, Ark.--For quarterback Kiehl Frazier from Shiloh Christian School, the decision to choose Auburn came down to many things but there was one very important thing in the Tigers' favor and that was Gus Malzahn. Auburn's offensive coordinator and the former coach at Shiloh Christian, Malzahn and Frazier have been close for several years and that's a big reason why Frazier is Auburn's newest commitment.

"It's huge," Frazier said. "He's been recruiting me since the ninth grade. Ever since then I knew what kind of person he was. I would have followed him to Tulsa, followed him to Arkansas, he went to Auburn and it's a great place. It's a great place for me to be."

Very familiar with Malzahn's offense after playing in much the same style in high school, Frazier said that's a comforting thought knowing he'll have a good idea of what to expect when he arrives at Auburn next year.

"I feel like I fit in the offense great," Frazier said. "We run a similar offense at our school. I think I'll be able to come in there and pick it up pretty quick."

With junior college transfer Cameron Newton the number one guy for the Tigers heading into the fall and also talented players behind him such as Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley that will be around next year, Newton said the coaches just told him he'll have a shot to win the job and that's all he can ask for.

"They just said if Cam leaves then I'll come in and compete to start," Frazier said. "If Cam stays then I'll have a year to stay under him and learn the system and all that."

Familiar with Auburn after making several visits to the Plains over the past few months, Frazier said it was a much different experience for Big Cat Weekend, one that he enjoyed a great deal.

"It was definitely what I expected," Frazier said. "It was great just meeting with all of the other recruits down there and seeing how they all felt about Auburn and talking with the coaches again. It was just a great atmosphere and a great event.

"It was great to meet all the players to see how they interact on a day to day basis," he added. "Then to meet all the staff and everything. It was a big deal."

Growing up in Arkansas just miles from the University of Arkansas campus, there is no question that it was a hard choice for Frazier to make to choose the Tigers over the Razorbacks. Despite a little pressure to stay at home, he said in the end Auburn was just where he belonged.

"I felt a little pressure just because I live five minutes away from the university," Frazier said. "It really just came down to where I felt the best and where I fit in and where I felt comfortable. That was Auburn.

"It's like a weight off our shoulders," he added. "It has been going on and going on for a year or two years. Just to get it over with is a relief."

Making the decision even tougher is the fact that his dad Robin Beach is a lifetime Arkansas fan. While he admits he would have loved nothing better than to see his son playing for the Hogs, he can't argue with the fact that his son made the best choice for himself and his future.

"I make no bones about it, I grew up five miles from Arkansas Razorback Stadium. I have been an Arkansas Razorback fan my whole life. At the end of the day though when you start considering things and what you have to take into consideration when your son is making a decision that is as substantial to his life as this one is, you have to kind of set fandom aside. At the end of the day, more than anything, I'm a Kiehl Frazier fan. I'm just really, really proud of him.

"To be quite honest and quite frank, part of me wishes that he could have found a place and played closer to home and at Arkansas too, but Kiehl made the decisions for the right reasons. He told me the other day that Auburn is a place where he had a season-ending injury on Saturday I would still like to be there on Monday. What else can you ask for besides that? How can I argue with that. I told him ‘you're doing the right thing son'. I'm happy for him and I'm pleased for him."

Frazier said that he's firmly committed to Auburn and done with the recruiting process for himself, but he's not done with recruiting. Now he'll begin to try to help the Tigers land another big class for 2011.

"You come to school to win and you've got to have the best players to do that," Frazier said. "I'm definitely going to be out there recruiting just like the coaches."

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