The state of Missouri does not have the same number of likely D1 running back prospects in it's 2012 class as it did in the 2011 class. However, it has a few players who have the chance to be solid division one prospects.
One player who leads the pack at running back for the moment is Lee's Summit (MO) standout back King Frazier 6'0" 195 4.42 forty (self reported).
Frazier, along with 2011 Mizzou signee and QB Corbin Berkstresser, helped lead the Lee's Summit Tigers to their best season in a long time before losing in a shootout 42-39 to eventual state champions Lee's Summit West.
During his junior season, King ran the ball 207 times for 1,453 yards and 16 TDs, while also being a receiving threat catching the ball 28 times for 456 more yards and 4 TDs, and being named 2nd team All-State and All conference. For good measure he also recorded 52 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries playing safety/linebacker on defense.
ShowMeMizzou.com caught up with the top 2012 Missouri running back prospect to find out about his recruiting situation heading into early 2011.
"It's going ok", said Frazier. "I am hearing mostly from Missouri and Indiana. Indiana sends me letters. Missouri has invited me to their junior day on January 22nd. Iowa State has also shown interest."
It did not take long before Frazier spelled out his intentions should he get an offer from the school he wants to attend.
"I would commit to Missouri if offered", announced Frazier." I am going to Missouri if things happen that way for me. They are my #1 college and I definitely want to go there.I am good friends with Corbin, and I really like the Tigers. I like the school,coaches, offense, I am use to playing in it. Hopefully, after junior day I will get my wish."
Frazier, who has been described by Berkstresser as a "freak athlete", saw varsity action as a sophomore for the LS Tigers, but had a break out year as a junior.
He is also one of the top AAU Judo champions in the nation. He finished 1st at 190lbs at the 2009 AAU Grand National Championships. He finished 3rd in 2010 in the male open division.
I asked King if he participated in any other sports in high school.
"I am running track this spring,'' Frazier said. "I will run in the sprints, the 100 and 200 meters. I ran in 8th grade and my best event was the 100 where I ran an 11.4. I broke my wrist the following year and just did not run after that. I am looking forward to it."
Check out King Frazier in these junior highlights below.
King Frazier is a great combination of size,speed and strength. He displays quick feet, good balance (I am sure judo plays a role in that) and vision. He runs with a nice forward lean and his feet never stop moving. He is good at yards after contact using a variety of moves, stiff arms and strength, usually delivering the blow. He shows good lateral quickness and a burst of speed to breakaway for long runs. Frazier also has good hands catching the ball and is a physical blocker.He self reports a forty time of 4.45 and 32" in the vertical jump.