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Saturday, May 18, 2013
TE Frazier talks about first B1G offer

By Damon Sayles

As someone who understands the recruiting process -- and the frustrating nights it can bring -- Jordan Frazier (Springfield, Mo./Lighthouse Christian Academy) is grateful, relieved and extremely ecstatic after Friday.

After months of hard work and pushing his limits, Frazier was finally rewarded with his first scholarship offer, a Big Ten offer from Illinois. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end is being recruited by Illini tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh and running backs coach Tim Salem.

“I think they have a lot to offer,” Frazier said of Illinois, “and I’m interested.”

Frazier said he is a fan of Illinois’ coaching staff, the academic prestige of the university and the areas of twin cities Urbana and Champaign, Ill. Although he’s being recruited as a tight end, Frazier can line up effectively on offense at tight end and wide receiver and on defense as a linebacker or defensive end.

Frazier’s versatility has never been a question. Playing for a home-school program has been the toughest part, as many home-school athletes don’t get the exposure as the average public or private school.

“This particular situation required patience,” Frazier said. “Being from a small school and a small town, it was more difficult for me to receive the attention. This spring has been a staple in my recruiting process, though. I’m expecting multiple [offers] throughout the rest of the summer.”

In addition to an offer from Illinois, Frazier has picked up interest from several programs. Most recently, he said he’s been hearing from Arkansas and Iowa State.