Vols offer brings back memories for 4-star

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Johnny Frasier was never much of a college football fan, but when he decided to give football a try his freshman year at Princeton (N.C.) High School he figured he better start watching.

So, the then 14-year-old flipped on the TV one balmy Saturday afternoon and surfed around until he landed on the first game he could find.

Tennessee just happened to be playing.

"Ever since I just watched them that one time, I've kind of always kept an eye on them," Frasier told InsideTennessee. "I've always liked them."

Frasier, a Scout four-star running back, couldn't help but think of that day watching the Vols when Tennessee recently extended him an offer.

"I just feel very blessed," Frasier said. "It means a lot. It's a big-time offer."

But the Vols are far from Frasier's only "big-time" offer.

The nation's No. 26 running back was offered by Alabama last week and holds scholarships from more than a dozen schools, including Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Penn State, South Carolina and more.

Frasier admits his rising recruitment can get overwhelming at times and claims no favorites.

However, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder said upcoming visits will be important in figuring out which schools he wants to focus on. Frasier plans to trip to Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the coming weeks.

On those visits, Frasier will take a close look at the academic side of things. He said getting a good education is the top propriety of his recruitment.

"I'll look at that first and foremost because I know that not everybody makes it to the NFL," Frasier told IT. "I have to take care of that and I have to go to a place that will set me up in case that doesn't happen for me."

Early playing time will also be a factor.

"Nobody wants to be a backup," Frasier said.

While Frasier said he doesn't know much about what Tennessee offers academically or what his chances of seeing early touches would be, he does know he loves the Vols' up-tempo offense.

"I like their offense, especially when they run the ball," he said. "I think I fit in their system well. I know they had a great o-line last season and are working to bring in guys who are just as good. A running back is only as good as their offensive line."

Frasier, who views himself as a power back who also has speed to gain the edge, has been in contact with Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"We're just getting to know each other," Frasier said. "But I like them so far. They're good people. We're working to build a relationship everyday. It gets better each time we talk."

As a junior, Frasier finished with 3,045 yards rushing and 45 touchdowns. He also racked up 555 yards receiving and five touchdowns.


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