JUCO DL High On Missouri

ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with a top JUCO defensive lineman, who has the Missouri Tigers pretty high on his list of schools to possibly commit to.

A couple of weeks ago, Missouri extended a scholarship offer to junior college DE prospect Marcell Frazier 6’5” 255 Weed (CA) College of the Siskiyous. Earlier this week, Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel paid him a visit. Frazier spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about the Missouri offer, his visit with a trio of Missouri coaches, and the current status of his recruitment, including his current visit plans.

“Missouri’s been recruiting me for over a month,” said Frazier. “They offered me right before Thanksgiving……………………………………….. I like Missouri pretty much. They’re SEC! First-place SEC!”

Frazier identified Kansas State, Missouri, and New Mexico, as the extent of his current offers. This week, Nebraska has contacted him, and the Huskers want him to visit next month. He thinks a Nebraska offer may be forthcoming. Frazier, who is from Portland (OR), said that new Nebraska Coach Mike Riley recruited him to Oregon State out of high school.

Frazier is taking an official visit to New Mexico this weekend (12-12). He said that he has an official visit to Nebraska scheduled for January 15. And, he’s scheduled an official visit to Missouri for January 23.

Frazier has been talking to Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel, and also to his primary recruiter, Defensive Line Coach Craig Kuligowski. Earlier this week, Coach Pinkel, Missouri Offensive Coordinator Josh Henson, and Offensive Line Coach A.J. Ricker came to see him at C.O.S. He said they were sizing him up, and verifying his transcript status.

“The Missouri coaches said that they were looking for me to come in and make an immediate impact,” explained Frazier.

Frazier ran track and played football and basketball in high school. He reported a personal best in the 40-yard dash of 4.64 seconds, to go along with a 35” standing vertical jump. He reported a bench press max of 335 pounds.

“This was my first year on the field of JUCO ball,” said Frazier, who red-shirted his first year, and will have three years to play three. Frazier is expected to finish up at C.O.S. in May.

Frazier said that he is driven to be excellent. He said that the Missouri offer shows him that the Tigers think he can play at that highest level. He said that has motivated him even more.

“Coach Kul wants me to commit,” explained Frazier. “They’re SEC. You can’t get much better than that.”

“I talked to my parents,” said Frazier. “They wanted me to stay on the west coast. But they said that I can’t really pass on the opportunity to play in the best conference in America just to be closer to home.”

It’s fair to say that Frazier has a current leader.

“It just doesn’t get much better than Missouri,” said Frazier. “It’s hard to even say I’m considering somebody else. I mean, Missouri’s probably my top school, by far.”

Frazier suggested that a commitment could come sooner rather than later.

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