ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
School: Forest Hill (Class of 2016)
Top Offers: None
Note: Cousin of former NBA All-Star Otis Thorpe (Lake Worth).
Where He Excels:
The one word that describes Marcus Frazier’s game is "smooth". Glides through his routes and is deceptively fast due to his long strides. Frazier has plus hands and catches the ball away from his body. He is not afraid to go over the middle. At 6’2" Frazier is a great option for the jump ball due to the fact he catches the ball at highest point. Offensively, he creates mismatches for opposing defenses. Frazier is too fast to be covered by a linebacker, too big to be covered by a corner. Coming out of the backfield Frazier is a tough runner. At quarterback, throws a great deep ball and can make all necessary throws to keep defenses honest against Forest Hill’s option game. Frazier has above average ability changing direction that helps him on both sides of the ball. On defense, Frazier is a force off the edge, stopping both the run and rushing the passer. Does a great job getting his long arms up and in to passing lanes. This often breaks pass plays before they had a chance to start. High motor to run plays down. Frazier also is good in coverage and can play safety.
What To Work On:
When running the ball at all three positions on offense, the ball separates from his body at times. This makes me nervous about ball security. Out of the backfield needs to keep a lower pad level. Speed training should be a focus of the summer. He is fast enough to be successful now, but an increase in his straight line top-end speed would make him a force. Often chasing guys down for tackles, adding muscle would give Frazier more confidence to take on ball carriers head on and deliver punishing hits.
Kokell's Film Analysis:
Marcus Frazier is the utility man. He reminds me of a younger version of Palm Beach Central's ATH Kemar Downer. While Downer is a step faster, Frazier is a bigger player. They both add dynamic dimensions to both sides of the ball of their respective teams. Having a player like Frazier adds such versatility to any offensive system. Forest Hill head coach Jude Blessington can, and has, used him at wide receiver, running back and even quarterback. This is a dream for an offensive coordinator. Many players have the athletic abilities to do all three but it takes a special make-up and knowledge of football to do all three successfully. I love his game at the outside linebacker position and think he is just scratching the surface of his abilities. With the room Frazier's game has to grow, I expect him to really make a name for himself this season. He will become dominant on both sides of the ball. When all is said and done, he may be the best all-around football player that Forest Hill has had in the last decade. Due to Frazier’s aggressiveness, high football IQ and combination of size and running ability, I project him as a roll-down safety or possession receiver at the next level.
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.