Texas Tight End Frazier Picks Auburn, Talks Tiger Commitment
John Garcia, Jr.
When Chad Morris was the head coach at Arkansas, he had Brandon Frazier as a verbal commitment at tight end. Morris has since been named the offensive coordinator at Auburn.
Just days before National Signing Day 2020, the 6-foot-7 McKinney (Texas) North tight end made the call to play for him at AU.
"I chose Auburn University," he told SI All-American. "Because of many reasons, but just a family atmosphere that is provided there, is very intentional and makes me feel at home. The coaches, the players and the relationships built over the past few months have been very strong and good.
"The opportunity to win, play early and be successful is out the roof!"
Frazier added several Power Five offers following his November decommitment from Arkansas -- including from USC and the new coaching staffs at Florida State and Ole Miss, respectively -- but it came down to familiarity.
The senior would take official visits to Auburn and Arkansas over consecutive January weekends and then come to a decision.
"I knew probably after Tuesday’s home visit (with AU coaches)," Frazier said Thursday. "They have been leading the way ever since Morris went to Auburn and I just called up Coach (Gus) Malzahn and Coach Morris and told them I was committed and I was excited for the future."
That combination of offensive coaches at the top of the Tiger staff was a quick selling point for the productive tight end, who put up nearly 900 yards receiving in 2019.
"An opportunity to play early and be used," he said of Morris at AU. "And know that what he’s saying is what you get. He will use tight end and he needs tight ends to operate his offense."
A versatile offensive weapon used as an in-line tight end, mobile H-back and split out at times, Frazier offered a scouting report beyond the numbers.
"(They're) Getting a guy who wants to come in and do what’s best for the team and buy into the program and hopefully be a leader and help win games," he said.
Frazier, who racked up more than two dozen offers throughout the recruiting process, says he has now completed his end of it. He will sign with the defending Iron Bowl champion Tigers next week.
AU currently sits as a top 10 program in the SI All-American recruiting class of 2020 rankings. He is the second new verbal pledge for Malzahn's staff over the last four days, joining top junior college defensive line prospect Deandre Butler.
Auburn now holds 25 commitments in the class heading into the cycle's final official visit weekend in which the program's top overall target -- Georgia offensive line verbal commitment Broderick Jones -- is expected to return to the Plains.