Sam Webb: Take me back to your high school year, and tell me how things went for you on the football field.
Johnny Frasier: “They went pretty great you know. We came a short in the end but we had a great year. We finished in 9-4. We lost the state champion in the second round. I finished with 3045 yards rushing and 25 rushing touchdowns. I had 555 yards receiving with five more touchdowns. I had like seven just all around all purpose touchdowns, kick returns and stuff like that.”
Sam Webb: Those are huge numbers. Obviously you make huge plays, but it seems like on a national level you might be a little bit under the radar. Do you feel that way and why do you think that is?
Johnny Frasier: “I do because, you know, I am coming from a smaller school and my coach lets me play only half of a game. There are only three games I played a whole game this season. Most of the time I just play half a game. I think it is because we are a smaller school and I am not the type of person that is going to rag and boast about myself because I don’t think there is no call for it. I would rather give my team credit because it takes eleven people on the field to do it, not just one. I am not really down for the fame and everything. I just love playing football. I just want to go to college and get my education.”
Sam Webb: That makes perfect sense. Well this is not an invitation for you to boast but I want you to just be real about your game. Pretend you’re a coach or a scout in the stands and you’re watching Johnny Frasier on the football field. Kind of break down his game. Kind of give me a scouting report.
Johnny Frasier: “First of all, I’m a power runner, you know. I can hit jukes, but I will run you over just as quick as I can. Then if I (get in the in the open field) it is just a foot race. Most the time if you put me one on one with a safety, I’m going against myself. Great hands, I’ve been working on that all this year catching the ball out of the back field. I just get receive routes coming out of the backfield, straight line speed is just ridiculous. If I get my first three steps off, you are going to have a hard time getting me down. I run confident because I have great people around me. Everybody is going to do their job, so I don’t have to worry about someone else in you know. I’m really a team player.”
Sam Webb: What is your height, your weight, and you 40 time?
Johnny Frasier: “I’m 5’11”, I weigh 200 even, I run the 4.4, 40.”
Sam Webb: From what I understand you are a track guy too. Kind of give me an idea of your events on the track and some of your best times.
Johnny Frasier: “I run the 100, the 200, I did hurdles for awhile, long jump, triple jump. I came second in a state meet and I ran a 10.7.”
Sam Webb: What about in the 200?
Johnny Frasier: “I didn’t run the 200 in state. The coach must wanted me to do 100.”
Sam Webb: So off the top of your head, do you know how many scholarship offers you have?
Johnny Frasier: “I have eight.”
Sam Webb: What are those schools?
Sam Webb: Let us talk about the Michigan offer. Did you know it was coming or did it catch you by surprise?
Johnny Frasier: “It was random. My coach told me to call the Michigan coach just out of the blue. They told me that they think I am a great player and they think I fit into what they are trying get back into and they offered me on the spot.”
Sam Webb: You said it was random. Is Michigan a school that you had any interest in before that point in time or are you now interested all of a sudden because they have shown interest in you?
Johnny Frasier: “I just started playing my freshman year so I really don’t know much about schools. I really didn’t think I was going to get offers. I really didn’t do much research but now I have done research of all the teams and yeah, I like their style of play, especially the offensive coordinator was telling me how they want to get back to ground and pound. They want to run the ball a lot more. So, I really think they will be a good fit.”
Stay tuned for part two coming later this evening.