High School Football

Princeton’s Johnny Frasier named the No. 1 running back prospect in the country

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 10, 2014 

  • The Johnny Frasier File

    Princeton High

    5-foot-10, 205 pounds, junior

    GPA: 3.5

    Scholarship offers: Alabama, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Wisconsin

    Wants to study: Medicine

    Stat sheet: 253 carries for 2,995 yards (11.8 yards per carry) and 40 touchdowns. Caught 27 passes for 537 yards and four touchdowns.

    Ideal guest list: Emmitt Smith, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln.

    You didn’t know: Frasier had asthma and a heart murmur growing up and did not play organized sports. He went to Duke for tests before being cleared to play football as a freshman at Princeton High.

    Speed: Finished second in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A track and field championship in 100 meters with a 10.7 seconds time.

Princeton High running back Johnny Frasier was named as the No. 1 college running back prospect in the country this week by the online recruiting site 247Sports.

“I was surprised, of course,” said Princeton coach Derrick Minor. “We think he is great and he amazes us, but when you think of all the running backs in the entire country, it is really incredible that the best one is here.

“The evaluators watch all the films and see all the best runners and they think he is the top prospect. They should know.”

College coaches agree that Frasier is outstanding. There has been a steady stream of coaches from nationally-prominent teams making the trip to the Johnston County community of about 1,300 residents.

Frasier, 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, has scholarship offers from the ACC’s Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

He also has offers from Alabama, East Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Penn State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin, and the list keeps growing.

“Johnny is really not talking about favorites or any of that,” Minor said. “At this point, he is just sort of waiting to see who is going to recruit him before he starts cutting teams.”

Barton Simmons, who did the 247 ranking, wrote, “Johnny Frasier is built exactly like you want a running back to look.

“Frasier truly has the complete package. ‘Wow’ plays abound in Frasier’s film, showcasing speed, vision and the ability to break tackles. There is a big check mark in the production category as Frasier rushed for over 3,000 yards on 12 yards per carry as a junior along with 555 yards receiving on 22 yards per catch.”

Minor said Frasier’s numbers are deceptive.

“A lot of games he didn’t play the third and fourth quarters because we had a lead,” Minor said. “Sure, he had 3,000 rushing yards, but he could have had a lot more if we had left him in the game.”

Simmons said there had been questions about Frazier’s level of competition since the Bulldogs play in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s smallest classification, but noted that Frasier had a verified 100 meters time of 10.74 seconds.

Other recruiting evaluators do have some questions. 247 has him as the No. 1 running back prospect in the country in the Class of 2015 and No. 34 overall prospect in the country, but Rivals.com has him as the No. 58 running back prospect in the country and Scout.com as the No. 26 running back prospect in the nation.

Wake Forest’s Bryce Love is listed as the No. 9 running back prospect in the country by rivals.com and Garner’s Nyheim Hines was named a junior all-America by MaxPreps.

Cleveland High defensive tackle Sterling Johnson is ranked among the top 20 defensive linemen prospects by rivals.com, scout.com and 247.

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