When it comes to one of Southern Methodist top commitments of the 2009 class there aren't as many surprises as some might think.
Mustang fans have been wondering why Marquis Frazier's name hasn't appeared on the Navarro College stat sheets, the answer is easy, he is still recuperating a knee injury that occurred last fall.
Frazier spoke to PonyStampede.com Monday night to explain his situation and to put Mustang fans to rest.
"The SMU coaches knew all along that I might not play this fall at Navarro," Frazier said. "It's no surprise to them, in fact that was one of the main reasons I committed to them this summer. Them understanding the issue and their non pressure of the situation, I felt truly comfortable there."
There is an upside to the situation, if Frazier doesn't play this fall at Navarro, the defensive lineman will have three years to play at SMU.
"I won't find out if I can play this season or not until I see the doctor next month," Frazier explained. "I have taken this extra time to spend recuperating my knee on my own and concentrating on my grades. Right now I'm taking 18 hours and making straight A's."
While many may think that Frazier doesn't have a chance to graduate in December, the former standout Garland Owl thinks that's not the case.
"If I pass all my classes this fall I will have 60 hours completed towards 63 needed to graduate," Frazier said. "We are already looking into taking a mini course over the holidays; I feel that there will be a great chance I can be at SMU in January."
According to Frazier he tore his ACL and his MCL last fall and the fact that he didn't have insurance only made the situation more complex.
"We had to go to Parkland Hospital instead of a specialist," Frazier stated. "Not to say they don't have good doctors, they don't seem to have the top specialist. It has taken a little longer than expected."
Another reason that Frazier is excited about playing D1 football at SMU is the fact that the Mustangs have a full time trainer on staff.
"Here at Navarro, the trainer just tells me to run a lot," Frazier said. "I'm sure it will be a better situation at SMU."
Has the SMU coaching staff backed off Frazier since he isn't playing this fall?
"One of their coaches called me last week," Frazier said. "He was just checking on me to see how things were going. They told me not to worry I still had a home at SMU."
Frazier's Navarro team hasn't missed a beat in his absence. The Bulldogs are currently 2-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation in the NJCAA.
"It's hard watching those guys play and all I can do is to cheer them on," Frazier said. "Things happen for a reason, if I get to play towards the end of the year here great, if I don't I will have an extra year at SMU."