West Virginia added another major piece to the football recruiting Class of 2019 on Thursday night, and coach Neal Brown and company did not have to go far to get it.
Fairmont Senior lineman Zach Frazier pledged to the Mountaineers, choosing his home state over offers from Virginia Tech, Stanford, Wake Forest and others.
To say that Frazier committed on Thursday night is not entirely true, though. The 247Sports three-star recruit actually committed on Saturday evening, hence the social media posts from Brown and the rest of his staff indicating a “homegrown” talent had committed to the program.
Frazier burst onto WVU’s recruiting radar almost exactly a year ago, showing up to a Mountaineer one-day camp and utterly dominating the competition. He performed as both an offensive and defensive lineman, earning an offer from the previous coaching staff as a nose tackle.
At the time, it seemed as if he might commit to then-defensive coordinator Tony Gibson on the spot.
Fast forward a couple months and new offers started rolling in. Most notably, Stanford made a strong push, offering elite academics and the opportunity to live in California. Stanford was joined by Virginia Tech, and there was confidence in Blacksburg that the Hokies could snag Frazier from underneath their rival’s nose.
When Brown arrived as the new coach, the staff saw Frazier as an ideal candidate to man the interior of the offensive line. Frazier said that move did not affect him, as he saw both sides of the ball equally.
He visited frequently throughout the spring, including a very important solo visit after school was dismissed. He made that trip in order to have not only a one-on-one with offensive line coach Matt Moore, but also to meet with several academic advisors to discuss that aspect of his future.
Finally, last week, just before his private commitment, Frazier showed up to campus for an unofficial visit. He walked around the one-day camp that the coaches were putting on, spending the majority of his time with former WVU offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky, who is now a graduate assistant with the program. Orlosky, a multi-year starter at center, and Frazier discussed life as a Mountaineer offensive lineman and what it was like at WVU.
That seemingly closed the deal, as Frazier made his choice just one day later.
Frazier is the ninth commitment in the 2019 class for West Virginia. His commitment moves WVU from 50th to 45th in the 247Sports Team Rankings, jumping the likes of Baylor, Duke, and Pitt.