FRASER LACKING IN EXPERIENCE
Phenix City, Ala., Central offensive lineman Cameron Fraser is signing with the Cardinals football team on Wednesday. But he started his athletic career as a basketball player with no plans on the gridiron.
Fraser didn't start playing football until his sophomore season at Central and coach Woodrow Lowe said he's "come a long, long way."
While he said early on he thought about quitting football, Fraser stuck it out and turned into a college prospect. He graded out at 84 percent on blocking as a senior and was a member of the Alabama All-Star team and also participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game.
"It's crazy," Fraser said. "I had no idea that I would ever make it to college football. I never thought I would make it. But I went to come camps and just started gaining confidence and trying to get better."
Lowe said Fraser, who had previously been committed to South Florida, impressed him when he played in the All-Star game.
"He rose to the level of the competition," Lowe said. "He's a good player now and has great upside for his development. It's all about development for him at this level, he just needs to keep working and get better."
BOLIN SAW ALL OF THE SUCCESS
Unlike some of the other signees in the class, Lexington Catholic quarterback Kyle Bolin's commitment came long before the Cardinals victory in the Sugar Bowl, the school's invitation to the ACC and the redoing of Coach Strong's contract.
Now, Bolin finally gets to sign with the Cardinals. He has been committed since September of 2011, marking the first commitment of the class for U of L.
"The school and program are certainly headed in the right direction and a lot of exciting times are ahead and I'm excited to be apart of it."
He will sign his LOI during a ceremony at his school at 3:15. His signing will be broadcast on iHigh, Kentucky.com and WKYT. That evening, Kyle and his family are going out to dinner to celebrate.
"Even though I have been committed for awhile, signing day is still going to be exciting and my family and I are going to celebrate it."
CHUCKY WILLIAMS VERSATILE
Hialeah, Fla., Champagnat Catholic School head coach Mike Tunsil predicted Chucky Williams would be one of the most versatile players in the U of L class.
Tunsil said Williams played quarterback as a junior before his senior season when he played wide receiver, running back, linebacker and safety. He was also a standout retuning kicks for the Lions.
"He's a playmaker in every phase of the game," Tunsil said. "He's athletic and can play so many positions. They want to start on defense but depending on depth and what they need, he could play a lot of positions."
BENJAMIN HOPES TO ADD DEPTH
Tampa Bay Tech standout Richard Benjamin is listed as an "athlete" and said he doesn't mind playing on either side of the ball.
Benjamin said U of L coach Charlie Strong and his staff have talked about starting him on the defensive side of the ball. But the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Benjamin isn't fretting where he'll be playing when he gets to campus.
"I just want to add depth to the cornerback or wide receiver position," Benjamin said. "I'm listed as an athlete and that's it. If they need me on defense or need me to help add depth on offense, I'll do whatever they need me.
"It really doesn't matter. I am an athlete and can play whatever position."
As a senior, Benjamin finished with 718 yards rushing and 509 yards receiving, while scoring 11 touchdowns and also collecting four interceptions.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Gainesville, Fla., High School football coach James Thomson was asked to compare U of L commit Keith Kelsey Jr., and his father, Keith Kelsey Sr. The elder Kelsey played for the University of Florida and helped the Gators win the 1996 national championship. Both players are linebackers.
"His dad was an animal and he's just like him," Thomson said. "He's just like him when he steps onto the field."