Frazer Aiming to Shape Connecticut Program

Connecticut not only got themselves a great quarterback yesterday, but a great young man as well. We caught up with Frazer to talk about the disappointment there was upon figuring out that he would leave Notre Dame and found out that the only focus he has right now is one of helping to shape the future of the Husky Football program.

Two years ago Mechanicsburg, Pa., quarterback Zach Frazer went into the University of Notre Dame hoping to follow in the footsteps of names like Hornung, Lujack, Montana, Hanratty, Bertelli, Huarte, and Lattner as a signal caller, however the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder will now have a chance to help Connecticut build their own legacy at quarterback after choosing the Huskies over Cincinnati and Rutgers.

"After hearing the decision that Coach (Charlie) Weis made at quarterback I was obviously disappointed," Frazer said. "That was were I wanted to be and I thought I was good enough to play there and take over that spot, but that isn't how it worked out and I am going forward with no regrets as I loved my time at Notre Dame and really saw this as an opportunity for a second chance. This time when I visited schools like Rutgers, Connecticut and Cincinnati I spent a lot more time focusing on relationships with people at the school instead of rushing into a decision like I did years ago."

Zach Frazer obviously chose Connecticut in the end as Scout and other services reported yesterday and we spoke to him about how he came do the decision to join the Husky family. There were many reasons we came to find, however that relationship word continued to reign dominant in the conversation.

"I really felt the same thing at Connecticut that I felt when I was at Notre Dame before I committed there," Frazer explained. "I was extremely comfortable with Coach (Rob) Ambrose and Coach (Randy) Edsall and that was a big help. Coach Edsall is a great guy and is originally from the same area as me, so many coaches and people surrounding me knew him and had positive things to say. I love the energy that Coach Ambrose brings to coaching and he is very knowledgeable, so I see him as a person who can take me to the next level with my play at quarterback. I learned a lot during that year at Notre Dame which I think will make it that much easier to start learning specifics more quickly at Connecticut."

"I also see an opportunity to play early at Connecticut, the facilities are absolutely outstanding and their academic situation is just want I was looking for," Frazer added. "One thing that I look forward to is having the opportunity to build a program now at Connecticut because that is what I came into Notre Dame wanting to do. I love helping people in general whether it is a little kid that wants to learn to throw the ball or just someone around the neighborhood, so getting an opportunity to help improve and shape the future of an entire program and university along with my teammates is simply special. When I spoke to the people at Connecticut whether it was personnel, coaches or players I saw the vision they had to be at the top and that is something I bought into."

Frazer was an Army All-American coming out of Mechanicsburg High School and as a junior there Frazer was named Associated Press Class AAA Player of the Year, Mid-Penn Keystone Conference MVP and first-team Associated Press AAA All-State. He broke a state record for passing yardage in a season. He completed 285 of 440 passes for 3,684 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also scored 12 touchdowns on the ground.

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