2011 Intro: Kris Frost

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Kris Frost more than exceeded expectations with his move to linebacker from wide receiver last season.

"Last year we just had a good group of wide receivers and we thought that [Frost] would do well at outside linebacker, especially with the switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 defense," Butler head football coach Mike Newsome said. "We just thought he'd be really special at the outside linebacker spot. It really turned out well for him."

Following the season, Frost, a 6-foot-3, 204-pounder, was named the Mecklenburg County Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the Charlotte Observer's All-Observer Team. Frost, who exclusively played receiver as a sophomore, recorded 92 tackles, ten tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, and four interceptions. More importantly, he helped Butler win the NCHSAA 4AA Title and go 15-0.

The defensive call determines what side Frost can be found. However, he's typically on the weak-side. Regardless of where he lines up, Frost is asked to rush the passer and drop into coverage.

"He comes off the edge really, really well," Newsome said. "He lines up and sometimes has to jam tight ends, which he does well.

"What he does best is that he plays so well in space. A lot of guys don't play well in space and he plays extremely well in space. He's extremely long and athletic so he's able to make plays with his length. I think that's the new prototypical linebacker that colleges are looking for – guys with a lot of length."

With the graduation of some of Butler's key receivers, Frost will see a lot of snaps on offense. However, he will continue to start at linebacker.

"Next year he'll definitely be used in the [offensive] game plan," Newsome said. "With some of our key receivers graduating, we'll definitely have to have him on offense."

In early January, North Carolina extended Frost his first scholarship offer.

"I was pretty excited," Frost said of the offer. "Right after that Michigan offered me and Virginia Tech also offered."

Frost's offer count remains at three, but several other schools have showed significant interest – Clemson, Illinois, Maryland, NC State, and South Carolina.

Frost doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment until close to Signing Day.

By the end of the summer, Frost figures to trim his list of schools under consideration to five or six. Before making that cut, he will attend several camps. He said he's not exactly sure of his camping destinations but is considering ACC and SEC schools, as well as Pittsburgh.

At the moment, Frost has several schools on his mind.

"I like Oregon a whole lot," Frost said. "Michigan is my ultimate favorite. I like Miami a whole lot. Texas, maybe hopefully I can see something from them come in. I like Maryland. North Carolina, since they're my first offer they are really important to me. Schools down in Florida – I like Florida State, I actually got something from the University of Florida recently."

Michigan is the school to beat.

"I am leaning towards [Michigan], but I'm keeping my options open," Frost said. "I've liked Michigan since I was in the fourth grade… I've been going up there [for camp] as a receiver. But they've offered me as a linebacker"

Most schools are recruiting Frost as a linebacker. However, he prefers wide receiver.

"I've played receiver my whole life and running back – I've always been on that side of the ball," Frost said. "… It really doesn't matter that much; it's all about the college that I go to and how much I like it."

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