Frazier: Rice Was The Best Fit For Me

Early this week Eden Prairie,MN Defensive Back Corey Frazier told us he "felt like he was at home" during his visit to Rice last weekend. On Tuesday he made the decision stay "home" for a little longer...

On Monday night Corey Frazier and I spoke about his visit to Rice last weekend and how much he enjoyed his "homecoming".

After we hung up, Frazier sat down with his family and decided that his home, and his heart, were at Rice.

Corey thrilled Rice coaches Tuesday when he called and verbally pledged to play football for the Owls.

"I called Coach Washington and told him I was coming to Rice. He was really excited and said how great it was to have me coming to Rice. I feel the same way."

Frazier joins an outstanding 2009 class that some have called one of the best Owl classes in the past 20 years. The 6-1 Frazier brings an incredible amount of on field knowledge, in addition to excellent physical tools to the Rice secondary. He will start out playing Cornerback but could easily grow into an All Conference caliber Safety.

Its hard to narrow down what Frazier does best because he's such a versatile player; but his best asset may be his dynamic ball skills while the football is in flight. He plays the football in the air as well as any player we saw in camp last summer.

He was a pre-season Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune "Dream Team" selection; and has also been named All-Conference and All-State this year.

He's simply one heck of a football player. And the Owls are lucky to have his commit too - Frazier's stock has been steadily on the rise.

He's drawn offers and interest from the Pac 10, the Big 10, and SEC schools. The Mountain West and MAC conferences have also come calling for Corey, who is the son of Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier.

His dad's close involvement with his son's future led Corey to an earlier than expected decision.

"My dad and I sat down and talked things through on Monday night. We weighed the pros and cons of all my opportunities and came to the conclusion that Rice was the place that presented the most for me. Academically they are hard to beat and their Defensive scheme really fits my strengths as a player well."

Having a father with the knowledge of both playing in and being a current Defensive Coordinator in the NFL obviously has its advantages.

"I'm always working with my dad on my footwork, my hips, and on ball skills. Those things are really important for a Defensive Back regardless of what level you are playing at."

Welcome aboard Corey!

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