How The King got to NDSU

Here’s the timeline and the account of events that led running back King Frazier to transfer from Nebraska to North Dakota State:

  • As an assistant coach, Chris Klieman recruited the state of Missouri and one of his targets was Frazier, from Lee’s Summit, Mo. Frazier had scholarship offers from NDSU, North Dakota and Indiana, according to his Nebraska bio, but chose to walk on to Nebraska.
  • Frazier redshirted in 2012 and saw limited playing time as a redshirt freshman this year with 12 carries for 44 yards. A fourth stringer behind three pretty good backs, he decided to look elsewhere.
  • In early December, right after Craig Bohl announced he would leave for Wyoming effective after the season, King’s high school coach called Klieman and said Frazier was interested in looking for another school. Klieman, not knowing his future or the future of the program, told the coach to sit tight. “I had nothing to tell him,” Klieman said.
  • The following week, after Klieman accepted the head coaching position, he called Frazier’s coach back.
  • NDSU was in Frisco, Texas for the FCS national title game when Frazier called Klieman and said he saw that NDSU was going to hire Randy Hedberg as the quarterbacks coach. Hedberg was an assistant at Southern Illinois, which was the other school Frazier was considering, and the lead Saluki recruiter for Frazier. He said on the spot that he wanted to come to NDSU without even visiting.
  • This week, Frazier enrolled for spring semester, will participate in winter workouts and spring football and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

16 thoughts on “How The King got to NDSU

  1. 50+ years of winning tradition; playing in one of the few college dome stadiums; fantastic fan base willing to showcase your name at every game; on a team going for 4peat history; great “family” culture; etc., etc., etc., how could you decide otherwise.

    • guessing Morlock is the type of kid that isn’t shy about competition. Morlock will be just fine and I’m sure he’ll work his butt off to guarantee that.

      • I agree… this will push both Morlock and Frazier. Competition brings out the best in everyone.

        • This is the same situation as backup QB’s. Incoming recruit Easton Stick is getting all the publicity, it will be interesting to see how current quarterbacks Derek McGinnis and Cole Davis react to the situation. I agree, competition is good.

          • Esley Thornton switched from QB to LB. The D got a good player. That kind of attitude helps everyone get the Ring.

          • Look a little down the road and imagine Morlock and Frazier as the tandem in the backfield. Sweet.

          • not exactly. to come in as a freshman is a little different compared to transferring. i’ll be very interested to see how it all plays out.

  2. Morlock and King will not only push each other but Crockett as well. I see this as a win, win situation for the Bison!

  3. Funny how excited everyone is for Frazier, a Rivals three star athlete out of high school who has had one good year of football his junior year in high school and was the fourth string running back at Nebraska not even on a scholarship.
    I would guess Morlock will still be ahead of him on the depth charts come August.

  4. Maybe its important enough to the kid that he work his academic butt off….I thought his profile said he was 3.0 at Nebraska. Not too worried!