BBrown: Michigan Offers 2015 RB Johnny Frasier

Submitted by Brandon Brown on January 20th, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Position: Running Back
Ht/Wt/40: 5'9" / 200 lbs. / 4.4
Location: Princeton High School (2015) – Princeton, NC
Offers: Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan
Ranking: ★★★ .8556 (247 Composite)

I was able to confirm with Johnny that Coach Nussmeier reached out to him tonight and offered him. Johnny doesn't have any sort of order to his group of seven offers at this point and really hasn't started looking into schools much yet. Frasier has only been playing football since his freshman year so he's pretty green when it comes to the recruiting scene and what it takes to come up with a list of favorites.

After talking with Coach Nuss and coming away with an offer Johnny said the Wolverine offer means a lot and he really likes that Michigan is going to stick to the run game. He said that he and Coach Nuss didn't talk about scheme much but he's excited to in the future.


Most people are going to wonder if this has any correlation to what Damien Harris is feeling, especially since it was Coach Nuss who visited Harris last week on one of his first gigs as the new OC at Michigan. Harris has kept relatively quiet throughout his recruitment and even more so since his visit with Coach Nuss.

I'm not sure the offer to Frasier is related but it's definitely worth noting.



January 21st, 2014 at 10:17 AM ^

understand the step-down in offer.  Although the Harris situation bears watching - is a 3-Star really your fall-back plan?  Or do you see him potentially at another position (e.g. slot)?  He's pretty small (granted 2015) so seems like an odd fit for our downhill rushing attack.


Ron Utah

January 21st, 2014 at 12:32 PM ^

While recruiting rankings do show some correlation with success, getting hung-up on stars is a mistake.  If you find a player that fits your system and you believe can excel, you offer him.  'Nuss clearly thinks this young man fits what we want to do, and I trust that.

Wilton Speight is a 3-star that was recruited by Michigan and Alabama, among others.  Kyle Kearns is a 3-star that I believe will be a star.  MSU just went 13-1 and won the Rose Bowl with a roster full of 3-stars.

Stars do mean something, but they certainly don't mean everything.

Looking at his film, there's a jet sweep in there that is reminiscent of Mike Hart, another 3-star that turned out pretty well.

Offers from Penn State and Georgia indicate that there are some really good coaches that believe Frasier is better than his rankings suggest.


January 20th, 2014 at 7:42 PM ^

According to this link, he played some pee wee in the past.…

Frasier’s first experience in football wasn’t one that stuck, playing one year in a Pee Wee league. “I just couldn’t get myself into it,” he recalled.

But just before starting high school, he realized if he had something to do in the fall months (when track and field activity is limited) he’d be less tempted to develop bad habits. Frasier is also a standout sprinter, finishing second in the state in the 100-meter dash last spring (10.74 seconds).

“I had some friends wanting me to play, but I basically decided to try football again to keep myself out of trouble,” Frasier said. “And it was the best decision of my life.”


January 20th, 2014 at 7:36 PM ^

How much time does a DC/OC spend recruiting? Do they have separate territories, or are they the big closers to seal the deal?

Hello Damien? I'm Nuss. Mitch and Murray sent me from downtown...


January 20th, 2014 at 7:40 PM ^

Where did you get 5'9 for his height? His Hudl video lists him at 6'0, with Rivals and 247 putting him at 5'11. It seems like 5'9 would be small in a pro style run heavy offense. I'm hoping he's 5'11 or 6'0.


January 20th, 2014 at 8:20 PM ^

Barry Sander, Emmitt Smith, LT, Javid Best, Mike Hart, Frank Gore, MDJ, Walter Payton, Jerome Bettis, Monte Ball, Shuan Alexander, Marshal Faulk, Chris Johnson, Earl Cambell, LeSean McCoy, Ricky Wiliams, Jamual Charles, Brian Westbrook, Tony Dorsett etc...

All 5'7 to 5'11 I don't think height matters much for the RB position.

Brown Bear

January 20th, 2014 at 7:41 PM ^

The freak out about this being because of Harris could be overblown and I hope so. This offer could just be because they don't plan to take a back in the '14 class, evidenced by the news from earlier. So they will take two next year. /happy thoughts.


January 20th, 2014 at 8:19 PM ^

Unless something has developed in the last few hours, whatever you saw is probably old news from several weeks ago. If Harris had reaffirmed things very recently Sam Webb would have mentioned that front and center this morning during his round up.

FWIW, there is nothing new over at Scout or Rivals about Harris.


January 20th, 2014 at 8:28 PM ^

I don't understand why this would affect Harris. Kid is a 5* stud, and I'm sure he understands that there's no way a college program like Michigan would only take one RB in two years. He may be wavering because he loved Borges and wants to see what his options are, but offering another RB shouldn't be an issue.


January 20th, 2014 at 9:20 PM ^

I meant to say what is the reaction of the hire of Nussmeier from Mike Webber and Jacques Patrick perspective and are they still in the conversation in joining the class with Harris or as a backup plan if Harris decommits.

An Angelo's Addict

January 20th, 2014 at 8:46 PM ^

I understand the argument for us needing to recruit two RBs and that's why we have out this offer. But I think the writing has been on the wall with Harris' eventual decommitment. I had no idea Borges meant that much to him but if he does decommit and decides to open up his commitment I hope we can reel him back in since we are his "childhood favorite" team


January 21st, 2014 at 1:08 AM ^

I am petrified at the thought of Harris deciding to potentially go elsewhere including that team in the state I don't speak of. I really hope Nuss shows Damien how explosive and dynamic he could potentially be in this offense. I mean what the hell could Harris possibly have loved about Borges that Nuss can't make up for / be better at? I have hope that him being a fan of Michigan will lead him to stay committed.