New 2009 Name: DB Corey Frazier

The son of an NFL coach, the 6-1, 175-pound defensive back from Eden Prairie (Minn.) High, Corey Frazier, has definitely benefitted by more exposure to the game of football than an average high school prospect. In fact, his father knows a UCLA coach pretty well..

When Eden Prairie (Minn.) defensive back Corey Frazier (6-1, 175) picks a college, you can bet it won't be a hasty decision.

One of the top prospects in Minnesota, Corey is the son of Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Because of his father, he's done a great deal of moving around so far in his young life, and the significance is not lost on Frazier about being in the same place for four or five years for college.

"I'm looking forward to college, to settling down and not moving," said Frazier.

His recruiting situation, too, looks to be shaping up into potential opportunities for him all across the country. He just received two scholarship offers from schools in two different states, pretty far away from Minnesota.

"UTEP and Stanford have offered me and I'm talking with Minnesota, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Houston and Maryland a lot," Frazier said. "All of them have talked about offering me, but they are mostly waiting for the head coach to watch my film before they make a decision."

Frazier said he's been in the most regular contact with Vanderbilt and UCLA, each looking at him at a different defensive back spot.

"Vanderbilt is looking at me as a corner and UCLA is looking at me as a safety," said Frazier. "I prefer to play safety but either is fine. UTEP and Stanford both offered me as a cornerback so I can do both."

Frazier has already taken one official visit, going to UTEP, and he's set an official visit to UCLA for November.

"My trip to UTEP was a great trip. El Paso was a lot different than I expected it to be. I really enjoyed my time there. Coach (Osia) Lewis is recruiting me for UTEP," said Frazier. "I'm going out to UCLA next month. I talk with Coach (Todd) Howard and Coach (DeWayne) Walker on the phone a lot. My dad knows Coach Walker well."

The elder Frazier spoke with Walker and Howard a week ago, and said UCLA is showing very serious interest in his son. Leslie Frazier said, "DeWayne and I talked about his film and he wants Rick (Neuheisel) to watch it and they're very interested in Corey and want him to take a visit out there."

Stanford, is also heavily involved with Frazier. Corey said, "I talk to Coach (Jim) Harbaugh on the phone often and he offered me and they said they're just waiting to see my semester grades and want me to maintain my GPA so they can put it in writing."

Growing up around the game of football, Frazier has gotten to watch more than his share of film, while discussing the nuances of the game with other players. "I think I might have a little more knowledge than the average football player, he said. "I've been able to talk with players a little bit too, to learn from them. I'd probably say that (Minnesota Vikings DB) Antoine Winfield has been the best to talk to." Because he's moved around so much due to the lifestyle of a football coach, Frazier said he's never really latched on to one team, which has allowed him to be pretty wide open when it comes to choosing a college. "I never really had a favorite team because I was moving around so much. At one point, I think Illinois was my favorite because my dad coached there, but that's about it."

Frazier has been in Minnesota the past two years since his dad joined the Vikings staff, and while he's never had any ties to the University of Minnesota program, in his time in the Twin Cities, they've made an impression on him. "I'm definitely taking a look at them because I've gotten to know them a little more since I've been here," said Frazier.

In the meantime, as his recruitment picks up, Frazier is leading the top-ranked team in Minnesota, playing on both sides of the ball. "We're 10-0 and just won our second playoff game," said Frazier. "Teams are pretty much avoiding me. Saturday night was the most action I've had so far."

Last year, he was an all-region pick and was a preseason all-state pick heading into his 2008 senior season.

Academically, Frazier has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 25 on the ACT.


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