2015 Intro: Johnny Frasier

PRINCETON, N.C. --- North Carolina is among the schools that are recruiting Johnny Frasier, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back from Princeton High School, the hardest.

Scouting Report

"Johnny is just one of those dynamic young men," Princeton head coach Derrick Minor said. "He's fast, he's strong, [and] he has size. He catches well out of the backfield. He's just dangerous wherever you put him.

"He can do it all. He's one of those kids that can be a power runner if he needs to, because when we do our single wing [and] we direct snap it, he runs straight through the hole. But he can also get out in space and make a move. He has just natural ability to where he just gets in space and he can run by you, too."

Prep Career

Frasier didn't begin playing football until his freshman year.

"My mom just wanted me to get into something," Frasier said. "One of my friends was like ‘Hey, come to football practice.' And I liked it."

Frasier spent his freshman season on junior varsity. To compensate for the lack of depth, Frasier was promoted to varsity as a sophomore – perhaps a little too soon.

"He took a couple licks as a sophomore," Minor said. "I don't think he was quite prepared for it."

Regardless, Frasier rushed for 1,792 yards and 21 touchdowns on 229 carries that season and was named All-Area and All-Carolina Conference.

After devoting the proceeding offseason to the weight room, Frasier finished his junior season with 3,045 yards and 45 touchdowns rushing, and 555 yards and five touchdowns receiving.

"A lot of times, he helps us even when he doesn't have the ball in his hands, because [opponents] are watching wherever he goes," Minor said. "He brings a lot of attention, but he's also producing with the defense giving him all that attention, as well."


Approximately 15 schools have offered Frasier, including Alabama, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

"It's been nonstop," Minor said. "It really has. My phone has been ringing off the hook. Everyday there's three or four colleges that are ‘Hey, how's he doing. Can we get him on the phone?'He's bringing a lot of attention to this small town, which has been awesome."

Frasier, who denies any favorites, says Duke, Florida State, UNC, and NC State are recruiting him the hardest.

UNC has shown its level of interest by having multiple coaches involved in its pursuit of Frasier. For example, at least three different coaches have visited Princeton during Evaluation Periods. Most recently, Seth Littrell, UNC's associate head coach for offense, dropped by.

"[Littrell] came by his first day on the job, which I thought was very impressive," Minor said. "The day they announced he was the offensive coordinator, at 7:30 in the morning he was making his rounds. But he stopped here first, which impressed me."

Frasier was establishing a relationship with Randy Jordan, but that was halted when Jordan accepted a position with the Washington Redskins. Frasier is now working on developing a relationship with UNC's new running back coach, Larry Porter.

"Coach Porter seems like a great guy," Frasier said. "We're still building our relationship, but he seems like a great guy."

Frasier met Porter for the first time last week when he attended UNC's Junior Day.

"He was just building a relationship," Frasier said. "He really didn't talk football."

The junior day began with a Hollywood theme for its attendees.

"It was different," Frasier said. "I really didn't expect that much. It made me feel special. They do take the time to think about what we would like and what would make us feel special."

The UNC-Duke basketball game – a come-from-behind victory for the Tar Heels – ended the junior day activities.

"It was wild," Frasier said. "The fan base was amazing. It was sold out."

In addition to UNC, Frasier has visited Duke, Florida State, Georgia, and NC State. He's considering returning to Duke on Saturday for its spring game.

Ideally, Frasier would like to make a verbal commitment right before his senior football season. However, he says that's becoming increasingly less realistic since his options continue to pile up.

"I'm looking for where I can get the best education and how I feel about the coaching staff," Frasier said. "And I want to be able to have fun while I'm there. The distance doesn't matter – whatever feels right is more important."

Extra Notes

Frasier was born in Fort Lauderdale and moved to Princeton when he was two years old. Besides a few years in Smithfield as a middle schooler, he has remained in Princeton, a small town of 1,234… Frasier had limited interest in sports – even as a fan – until he joined Princeton's football team… Frasier is also a part of Princeton's basketball and track-and-field teams. In track, he runs the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes, and 110- and 300-hurdles, plus participates in the long jump.

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