Football is a family activity for the Fragels. Reid Fragel, a talented 2009 tight end prospect from Grosse Pointe South HS, has his dad and his brother to learn from. Reid's brother, Mark, Jr., currently plays for Miami (OH) and his dad played college ball at a school Reid has visited on more than one occasion — Michigan State.
"I've been up there a couple of times," he said. "My dad played football there too."
Mark Fragel, Sr., played for the Spartans in the 1970s before transferring to Northern Michigan because of MSU's probationary status.
In the past, Fragel's visits to Michigan State have not been extensive, but he has met some of the coaching staff. Tight ends coach Mark Staten knows the Fragel family well.
"He's a good guy, he's really cool," Fragel says of Staten. "He coached my brother at Miami of Ohio for a little bit, so I know him through (my brother) pretty well."
When it comes to MSU, Fragel has noticed a changing perception. "The program definitely seems like it's on the uprise. Coach (Mark) Dantonio, he seems like he definitely knows what he's doing."
Fragel has met the Green and White leader only briefly on the sideline of a Spartan game last season, but the ball coach has made a positive impression. "He seems like a really good guy from what I've seen and heard from him," Fragel says.
Fragel expects recruiting to intensify in the coming months and currently hears from Michigan Stat and Midwest powerhouses like Notre Dame, Michigan, among others. A preliminary top five — in no particular order, he says — includes the Spartans, Fighting Irish, Wolverines, Purdue and Iowa..
"Hopefully I can narrow it down to a few colleges here pretty soon," he says.
Fragel snagged 24 receptions for 330 yards and three touchdowns while playing both ways — also at defensive end — his junior campaign. His offers, from Miami (OH) and Cincinnati, have been at tight end and that's where he expects to stay, provided his frame keeps him from turning into more of a lineman. He stands 6-foot-7 and weighs in at 254 pounds while running a 4.88 in the 40.
Fragel says he enjoys all aspects of being a tight end, from smashing D-lineman around to beating linebackers up a seam to hit paydirt.
"I like pancakes and touchdowns," he says.
In the offseason he'll maintain a five-day workout schedule and plans to attend a number of junior days at schools such as Michigan State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Northwestern.
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