When most recruits had the day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, newly-hired offensive coordinator stayed busy for Michigan, extending an offer to junior running back Johnny Frazier earlier today. As a rising junior out of the North Carolina hotbed of talented runners, Frazier is beginning to see his recruitment take a national turn On top of offers from North Carolina, NC State and Duke, the three-star running back from Princeton High School has added offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Michigan growing collection of potential scholarships.
"Yeah, coach Nuss offered me at about three or three thirty," said Frasier. "He had me call him and then he told me. I hadn't been in contact with them at all before it, so it was out of the blue. A couple weeks ago I got offered by Georgia in the SEC. That was a pretty big offer to me. I'm still getting used to this whole thing, so it's new."
The recruiting process naturally comes with a learning curve, and this is once again true for Johnny. With offers coming in and contact with schools increasing, he is beginning to figure out what factors will shape the next turn his recruitment takes.
"I don't really plan on staying close to home," said Frasier. "I want to go see the country and whatever happens, happens. I'm going to get my education, but I want to be comfortable with the people on the staff and my teammates. So I want to be in a good place while I get my degree. I want to major in Sports Management or Engineering."
As coaches continue to target prospects in the Evaluation Period, Frasier's junior tape is beginning to make the rounds and word of his outlandish stats are enough to catch the eye of any coach. As a sophomore, Frasier rushed for 1,792 yards and 13 touchdowns on 229 carries in 2012. Keeping pace with his steady progression, Frasier improved on these numbers and posted 3,042 yards and 45 touchdowns on 248 carries as a junior this past season.
"My junior year went pretty well," said Frasier. "It didn't go as good as planned, but I think I got a lot better. I still improved a lot. I was a lot quicker getting to the hole. I am a very speedy, yet powerful back. They can shift me out of the backfield and I can still make plays anywhere."
The Michigan staff, specifically offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, see a wealth of potential in the 6'0", 205 lb. Frasier at the next level and would be thrilled to use him in the same backfield as Damien Harris one day. With a scholarship to form the bonds, Frasier will be interested in learning more about Michigan going forward.
"I think they have a good program," said Frasier. "It seems like they're getting better and better. It's exciting. I saw what Alabama could do offensively and what they were able to do. That all starts with the offensive coordinator and I think he will be a big help."
Frasier mentioned that he would be very interested in visiting Michigan in the future. With the Spring Bowl upcoming and Junior Days beginning to kick off, Frasier will have plenty of opportunities to see Michigan in the near future. Getting the North Carolina native on campus quickly could put the Wolverines in strong position heading into what looks to be another huge year for Johnny Frasier.