Relentless in-state DE getting strong looks

HE COULD BE the top pass rushing defensive end in the state of Oregon this year, and Portland's Kevin Frahm is also a star in the classroom. Much of the Pac-10 and others have already made their interest known, and he was one of the few invited to attend Oregon State's recent junior day. His work ethic is exceptional and his prep coach says Frahm is very reminiscent of another Oregon State great -- Bill Swancutt.

Frahm has a motor that doesn't stop and he's put together at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds. Swancutt was too, coming out of Sprague High in Salem at 6-3, 230. But it's Frahm's play and work ethic that draws the comparisons to the Detroit Lion d-end.

"The guy that he reminds me of a lot is Bill Swancutt," said Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne. "He's got size and speed and the ability to create havoc in the backfield. Now, he's got a long ways to go to be Bill Swancutt. But that's who he reminds me of at the high school level."

Swancutt arrived at OSU as the fourth-string DE coming into fall camp. So he worked his tail off in the weight room and on the field. Four years later, he had not only become a starter and impact player, he was the Beavers' all-time sacks leader and his accomplishments included the league's Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Frahm has the same workout mentality.

"He will outwork anybody, and I mean anybody," said Pyne.

OREGON STATE COULD be close to offering -- Frahm was one of only a handful invited to the Beavs' junior day, where he spent some quality time with new defensive line coach Joe Seumalo.

"I thought it went very well," said Frahm. "I talked with the defensive line coach for quite a while. It seems like a good school and I could very well end up possibly going there."

Frahm will likely have choices. He has yet to receive his first scholarship offer here in early March, but the same schools that offered Swancutt -- Oregon State, Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona State and Washington -- are in on Frahm early. Stanford, Cal, Wisconsin, Hawaii and the Ivy League schools have also made inquiries.

Frahm carries a 4.23 GPA in a curriculum that includes honors and AP classes.

"I'd say my top four would be Stanford, Wisconsin, and the two Oregon schools," said Frahm, who hopes to hit the Oregon State, Oregon and Wisconsin camps, plus the NIKE combines in Eugene and Palo Alto. Two of the more important criteria to his decision will be the academics and how he fits into the football program.

FRAHM SAID HE'S heard a concern from some college programs that 6-foot-3 is on the lower end for an ideal defensive end. He said he's looking forward to showing schools what he can do on the field.

"I think I've got great speed and my passion makes up for my lack of height," said Frahm.

IN 2005, FRAHM was named the preseason top defensive lineman in the state as a junior. He went on to rack up 104 tackles (58 solo, 46 assists), 5.5 sacks, nine TFL with eight quarterback hurries. And the sacks and hurries could have been even higher but teams started running inside the guards on Central Catholic. So Frahm was moved inside.

"That stopped," laughed Pyne. "People stopped running on us. Had we been a little bit better, he probably would have stayed there (at d-end) for us last year."

Frahm also plowed the road on the offensive line, not allowing a sack in some 195 pass attempts and earning second team all-league honors. But his future is at defensive end. The book on Frahm is a great first step, and he uses his hands extremely well.

"He's the most advanced pass rusher I've ever been around for a high school kid," said Pyne. "He can really come of the edge and works a corner very well."

Pyne, who coached Joe Bozikovich at Wilson High before the defensive tackle went to Boise State, said Frahm is further ahead at this stage in terms of both skills set and work ethic.

"Whoever lands this kid will not be disappointed," said Pyne. "I can't say enough good things about Kevin Frahm."

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