Coach Speak: King Frazier

Lee Summit head coach Eric Thomas coached running back King Frazier for two years. In this interview with Big Red Report, he talked about why his star player decided to walk-on at Nebraska.

A large portion of loyal Nebraska football followers have deemed the 2012 walk-on class as one of the best of the decade.

While only 18 players were mentioned in a school release last week due to NCAA rules, the class consists of 19 total at this point.

The No. 19 player not listed – running back King Frazier of Lee Summit high school in Missouri.

Frazier passed up a scholarship offer from Indiana and multiple FCS offers to wear the Husker jersey one day.

"I think the biggest thing was the coaches. King really got sold on the coaches. It was the way they talked to him," said Lee Summit head coach Eric Thomas. "He was really able to make a bond with them from the very beginning of them recruiting him to when he went up there for a game. He just really liked the way he was treated by them. He really fell in love with their coaches."

After collecting a combined 2,000 yards his junior year with senior Missouri bound quarterback Corbin Berkstresser at the helm, Frazier's production dropped off his senior year.

"He really didn't have the components around him," said Thomas. "Everybody was just able to focus on him and we really didn't have the offense line play that we needed to. He stayed the course and ran hard every week. He never casted blame on his teammates. He's just a fine young man with high character. He always does what's asked of him.

"He really committed himself last summer. He put on some weight and got faster, we had in the 4.5 to 4.4 range. He did a really nice job working his tail in the summer and becoming a leader on this team. That wasn't really a role he had to take on his junior year with Corbin here."

Despite his senior year being less than desired, Big Red Report asked Coach Thomas why he felt Frazier's recruitment didn't take off more, with a strong junior year of production.

"Early on he took trips out to Notre Dame, we had the Indiana thing, and Nebraska interested, but it came down to that senior film," said the second year head coach. " A lot of teams wanted to see more of him and he wasn't able to produce, nor were we able as a team to produce, those bigtime highlights of him. But Nebraska held true to him and and still wanted him to come play. They weren't able to come up with a scholarship for him, but King understand that and accepted that and wanted to go there regardless.

"The Nebraska coaches have always given him the feeling they going to give him a chance to compete and want him to work his tail off and get better."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
Facebook | Twitter| E-Mail |

Big Red Report Top Stories