Recruiting on Record Pace

Where Tennessee's Class of 2007 ranks among some of its prodigious predecessors for prime prospect procurement may take years to determine, but there's no doubt it's well on the way to becoming the quickest class to ever come together on The Hill.

With November barely a week old and National Signing Day still three months away, UT's commitment total climbed to 18 Tuesday with a public pledge from Savion Frazier, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back/linebacker from Woodbridge, Va.

The athletic Frazier played quarterback for most of his junior season at Gar-Field High School before finding a home at running back the final four games of the 2005 campaign. During those games Frazier amassed 650 yards and 11 touchdowns on 90 carries. That's an impressive average of 7.3 yards per carry and 162.5 yards per game. It's also 2.8 touchdowns per contest or one TD per every eight carries. Little wonder Frazier was selected second team All-District at running back, despite only playing four games there.

"That was probably the best move I've made since I've been here," Gar-Field head football coach Joe Mangano told a Washington Post reporter recently. "Up until this year, [colleges were recruiting Frazier] mostly as an outside linebacker or strong safety because of his size and speed. But he told me that when Tennessee looked at his tape, their running backs coach liked him a lot as well."

Frazier, who has 4.55 speed, started out at running back his senior season at Gar-Field, but he has also taken some direct snaps at quarterback where he has the option to pass or run. He rushed over 900 yards in the Indians' first eight games. In week eight he had 28 carries for 200 yards and two touchdown runs of 33 and 50 yards. Frazier also starts at safety on defense.

He could play the offensive or defensive backfields at Tennessee as well as linebacker or possibly wide receiver. He could also grown into a fullback that could be a blocking, running and receiving threat. His coach says he is the Gar-Field's hardest worker on the field as well as in the classroom, noting that he is enrolled in the Woodbridge school's International Baccalaureate program.

"He does all those intangibles coaches love," Mangano said. "As a coach, you can point to him and say to any young kid, 'This is who you want to model yourself after off the field, in the weight room, in the classroom and on the field.' "

Frazier is ranked Virginia's No. 19 football prospect. He is rated a four-star player by as well as the nation's No. 37 running back. He's described as a power runner with surprising elusiveness.

He visited the Vols for the spring game in April and has scheduled an official visit to UT on the second weekend in December. However he has long favored Tennessee and decided to commit before that trip. He chose the Vols over offers from Duke, Marshall and Virginia Tech, and was also recruited by Alabama, Auburn and Virginia. His commitment comes just three days after Seneca Valley, Md., defensive tackle Donald Langley verbalized to the Vols.

Maybe Frazier was worried Tennessee would run out of scholarships before December.

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