Florida State landed one of the most dynamic players in the class of 2015 today as it received an official commitment from running back Johnny Frasier, the running back confirmed on his Twitter account:
Frasier is a four-star prospect from Princeton, North Carolina, per 247Sports, and he increased his stock significantly with an incredible 2013 season.
As a junior, the 5'11", 200-pound back rushed for over 3,000 yards and racked up 50 total touchdowns, according to 247Sports. That put him on the radar of most top collegiate programs and gave him an opportunity to choose from a multitude of great options.
While major college interest might make some players nervous and adversely affect their performance, that wasn't the case with Frasier last year. Per D. Clay Best of the Smithfield Herald, Princeton High School head coach Derrick Minor believes it caused Frasier to rise to the occasion even more.
"He's taken it the way you'd want any potential Division I athlete to take it," Minor said. "He's using it to motivate him more. He wants to prove to them that he’s the real deal. ... He's not going to let those coaches or anybody else down. He wants to impress people with his results."
To say that he impressed would be a gross understatement. Frasier's numbers in 2013 were out of this world and one can only assume that he will be even better in 2014, which is an extremely scary thought for his opponents.
In fact, putting this decision behind him could conceivably allow him to play more freely. Despite using the recruiting situation as motivation in 2013, Frasier even admitted that all of the college talk was starting to weigh on him to some degree:
Knowing that Frasier will be attending a marquee college in 2015 and knowing what he did in 2013, however, it can be argued that Frasier will feel the need to put the entire team on his back and prove his worth.
Leading up to the 2014 campaign he received a major honor as he was named the North Carolina Preseason Player of the Year, according to Tim Stevens of The News & Observer.
With so many accolades to his credit, the expectation will likely be for Frasier to immediately make the jump to the college ranks and be productive in 2015. That is far from guaranteed, but running back seems to be the easiest position to make the transition from high school to college.
A number of freshman backs put up big numbers on a yearly basis and Frasier is as talented as any of them. He also undoubtedly has the speed needed to thrive in major college football as he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds, per 247Sports.
If Frasier can continue to build upon his other skills such as power, vision and elusiveness, then the sky is the limit for him. Even if he isn't an instant star in college, it is difficult to imagine him failing when he ultimately receives the chance to carry the load.
He has been a true bell-cow back throughout his high school career and would likely welcome that role at the next level as well. He may have to adjust to being part of a committee at first, which could be difficult, but there is every reason to believe that he will be great.
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