McKinney North's Baby Gronk lands Arkansas offer

By: Dudley E. Dawson
Published: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Brandon Frazier
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Brandon Frazier

— Just a few hours after a horse named Gronkowski tried valiantly in vain to keep Justify from winning Horse Racing's Triple Crown, “Baby Gronk” announced himself to the Razorback football family.

McKinney, Texas, North junior tight end Brandon Frazier (6-6, 240) - nicknamed Baby Gronk after New England All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski - got an offer from Arkansas head coach Chad Morris after working out at its Saturday night football camp.

“I just really am thankful for the opportunity to receive a scholarship today,” Frazier said. “I just really like all the coaching staff here. I am a man of faith and so is my family and this staff is, too. I am appreciative of that.”

Frazier, who had 22 catches for 423 yards and four touchdowns last season as a sophomore, also has offers from Oklahoma State and Purdue and got a chance to work with Razorback tight ends coach Barry Lunney, Jr.

“I thought I started off pretty rough, but once I got warmed up, things went well and I caught some good balls and learned how to block better,” Frazier said. “Coach Lunney really taught me up to improve my game.”

It was a repeat trip to the Ozarks for Frazier.

“This is my second time coming here in about two months,” Frazier said. “I really like it here, it’s really nice and I really like the coaches.”

Frazier has not really followed any particular college team growing up, instead focusing on his local NFL team.

“I really didn’t grow up watching college football,” Frazier said. “To be honest, it was all the Dallas Cowboys.”

Frazier had a 51-yard catch in a playoff loss to Highland Park and Razorback quarterback signee John Stephen Jones. Frazier knows he is not a finished project.

“My speed and my strength for sure, trying to shake off the defender on my route and none clear out so I can get better,” Frazier said of things he is trying to improve on.

North head coach Mike Fecci knows he has a budding star on his hand, but notes he is a humble one.

“The best thing about Brandon is that he’s a talented kid that despite receiving all this national attention remains very humble, which is a testament to his parents and his upbringing,” Fecci told the McKinney Courier-Gazette. “When you are 6-7 and can catch the football the way he can, you are very attractive to a lot of scouts. The traffic coming through the doors because of him is very hot and is similar to the traffic that came through when (former USC and current Tampa Bay tailback) Ronald Jones was here.”

Frazier has already had a busy early summer.

“I have already been to a couple of camps," he said. "I went to Oklahoma and then I went to SMU. I was at TCU yesterday, Arkansas today and tomorrow I am going to Oklahoma State and that’s it.”

Being early in his high school career, Frazier does not have a timetable to make a decision.

“I am not sure yet, just trying to give all the glory to God,” Frazier said. “He has been doing really good things in my life. I am just going to keep giving all the glory to him.”

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