February 15, 2008

Fragel one of Midwest's best

Michigan State did not sign a tight end prospect for the class of 2008 and that means the position will a top priority for next year. One of the top tonight ends in the Midwest for the class of 2009, Reid Fragel, resides in Grosse Pointe Michigan and SpartanMag.com was able to catch-up with the 6-foot-7 254-pound prospect last night.

Fragel just completed a solid junior season for Grosse Pointed South High School in which he caught 24-passes for 330-yards and scored 3 touchdowns. For his efforts he was named an All-Conference performer.

Fragel has taken a proactive approach in his recruitment and he told us he has already checked out numerous colleges as well as line up junior day visits.

"This past fall I went to games at Michigan State, Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa, Virginia and Purdue. I am going to Michigan State's junior day on the 23rd and then the next day I will go to Notre Dame for theirs. Cincinnati's is on March 3rd and I have also been invited to Northwestern and Wisconsin. I am not sure if I will make those or not"

Fragel is one of a select few in-state prospects that already has multiple offers. As of last night the Miami Redhawks and the Cincinnati Bearcats had extend him a scholarship.

"Miami offered me before Christmas, I have been in contact with me for a while. My brother went there. The Cincinnati offer came in January. They stopped into school and offered me, I was kind of surprised."

Fragel informed us that he is very familiar with the Spartan program. His father attended and played at Michigan State back in the 1970's before transferring to North Michigan and playing on the Wildcats National Championship team with Steve Mariucci. Tom Izzo was up there too."

"Coach (Dan) Enos is my recruiter and I know Coach (Mark) Staten as well," Fragel said. "He knew my brother from when he was at Maimi. I have talked with him several times, I like him."

It doesn't hurt the Spartans chances that Coach Staten would also serve as the position coach for Fragel if he does eventually wear the Green and White.

As far as where he stands in his recruitment, Fragel indicated that he has not really narrowed things down at this point, but he certainly has a preference.

"I am wide open right now," he said. "I would like to stay close to home and play in the Big Ten or a school in the area. I will have to wait and see what teams decide to offer. I am not in a hurry"

As far as scholarships, it would not surprise SpartanMag.com if Fragel picks up several more offers this spring. He does plan on attending several camps and combines this spring and will also hit college camps for a day this summer.

Fragel indicated that right now he is turning his foucs toward his football career. At 6-foot-7, Fragel is a solid basketbal player, but he knows where his future lies.

"I have decided to concentrate on getting stronger and fatser for football. I am working out with a trainer and that is helping out a lot. We do a lot of speed and strenght work."

Fragel has recently upped his bench press max to 315-pounds and he is looking forward to imporoiving his 40-time which is currently listed as 4.88 seconds

We expect Michigan State will take a very long look at Fragel over the coming months. The Spartans did not sign a tight end for the class of 2008 and that means that the position is a top priority for the class of 2009. Heading into spring practice the Spartans do not have player returning with any significant experience as both Kellen Freeman-Davis and Eric Andino graduated.

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in touch with Fragel in the coming weeks. We expect he will be one of the top prospect in Michigan for the class of 2009 and will certainly be an excellent addition for whatever team he decides to play for.

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