Fraade commits to Navy after whirlwind week

Zack Fraade had a dream of playing D-1 football. With National Signing Day quickly approaching, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound quarterback out of Grover Cleveland (Reseda, Calif.) High School didn't have any offers, so he took the initiative to email some colleges coaches his senior film. One of his list was Major Robert Green, the Director of Player Development for the United States Naval Academy.

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A week after first hearing back from Major Green, Fraade gave his verbal commitment to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo on January 31st, while taking an official visit to campus.

"Major Green got back to me shortly after I emailed saying he loved what he saw from my highlights and wanted to show it to the quarterbacks coach," Zack Fraade told GoMids.com. "Once the quarterbacks coach said he loved it too, they staff watched it without the head coach. They loved it as well and took it to him. After watching it himself, he said to the other coaches, 'we need to get this guy'.

"The linebackers coach called the next day to request the transcripts. Everything was fine there. Then, literally three or four days from the initial contact I had with Major Green, the head coach and the quarterbacks were in my home talking to me about Navy. They were telling me the probability of landing an offer this late was very small, and even though it doesn't happen often, they were ready to offer.

"I went on my official visit this past weekend. I left on Thursday. That Saturday night at dinner, we were presented with the official written offer. I was on my way to the bathroom when I saw Coach Niumatalolo and I let him know I was ready to go ahead and commit He told me to come with him, so we went back into the main room with about 100 people in it and he told me to announce it to everybody. I told them, right here, tonight, I'm committing to the United States Naval Academy.

"It was the family atmosphere that made me want to join the program. When I was there, I felt like part of one big family."

Fraade said he had significant interest throughout the recruiting process from Cal, San Diego, and Southern Utah, but did not have any official offers on the table at the time of his commitment.

At Cleveland High School, in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Fraade became the starting quarterback for the first time as a senior. He passed for more than 1500 yards with 13 touchdowns, and rushed for 926 yards and eight touchdowns. He said his athleticism is what the Navy coaches noticed the most from his film.

"I consider myself an athlete more than anything else," he said. "They think I'd be a good quarterback in the triple option with my play-making ability, my speed, and my elusiveness. They said if quarterback doesn't work out they can always move me to safety or linebacker.

"This has been my dream for a long time and I thought it might not happen. All of my family is still in shock that it did. It's pretty incredible."


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