Frazier Wows On Field And In The Classroom

Jordan Frazier's recruitment was interesting, as the 6-6, 247-pound tight end made a trip on his own with his parents to Oklahoma State during the holidays, and the Illinois commitment later came back for an official visit almost the minute the holidays, bowl season, and coach's convention dead period in recruiting opened up.

Frazier loved what he saw in his whirlwind visit, so he called Illinois (he said it was one of the hardest things he ever had to do), and then he went home to pack his stuff and came back to Stillwater two days later to enroll at OSU and move in. Jordan Frazier became a Cowboy in one of the quickest recruiting turnarounds ever.

"It just made a lot of sense for me and for my family," Frazier said. "I have a big family and I'm close to them, and Oklahoma State is three hours away versus seven hours away from Springfield, Ill. Then it is highly likely that my family will be moving to Dallas, and then it becomes four hours versus 14 hours. This is much more ideal for me."

The tight end prospect who also played some defensive end and posted very solid statistics was rated as just a two-star recruit by the major services. That may set well with Illinois fans, but Oklahoma State fans expect more than two stars.

However, there is an explanation. Frazier played for Lighthouse Christian Academy, a home-school group, and the recruiting media doesn't check out those games, or their game video for that matter.

His team finished 11-2 and is being honored by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for winning the Home School Football Association National Championship. Lighthouse defeated the defending national champion Central Virginia Disciples 19-12, in Panama City Beach, Fla. Frazier set up one touchdown and was instrumental throughout the championship season.

His two-star rating seems a great deal more overrated when you see his results from an NFL-style combine he attended, where he maxed at 20 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, ran a 4.68 electronically timed 40-yard dash, and had a 48-inch running vertical jump.

While he is a talented athlete with a great attitude, he also will to excel as a student in college. Reminiscent of former Oklahoma State and Baltimore Ravens tight end Billy Bajema, Frazier can get it done in the classroom. He is pursuing a major of pre-med biology, and wants to attend medical school and become a doctor. That's the plan Bajema had before it was derailed by an NFL career that later included a Super Bowl victory.

"I have a great love of science and math," said Frazier, who also noted that he is on the science team and the math team in school. "I really enjoy competing in both those subjects, and I really like physics."

His family is studious, and they too are very important to him. His father is a chemical engineer, while his mother is a nurse and homemaker. He has an older brother who is 20 and a sister who is 15. He has three younger brothers aged 11, 10, and six.

In other words, he has his own fan club, so it's little wonder that he wanted to make sure he found a school closer to home. The family that studies together and plays together really ought to be closer to each other than 14 hours away. There might be something about that in the laws of physics, but it will make it easier for Frazier's family fan club to cheer him on.

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