Zach Frazier Brings An Incredible Work Ethic To WVU
Zach Frazier doesn’t want to wish away his remaining high school days.
After all, the Fairmont Senior (W.Va.) High School product is the three-time state champion heavyweight wrestler in the Class AA ranks, and he is an overwhelming favorite to capture a fourth title at the end of February.
His dominance at the state championships is not completely unprecedented, but it is pretty rare. According to WVMat.com, only 18 high school wrestlers in West Virginia history have won four individual titles.
Frazier has that goal in front of him, as well as just the enjoyment of his final months as a high school senior.
But soon enough wrestling will be behind him and his days as a Polar Bear will be complete. At that point he can focus on becoming a member of the WVU football program.
The 6-foot-3, 296-pound Frazier signed his National Letter of Intent with the Mountaineers on Dec. 18 – “I sent it in at 7:01 (a.m.); I was really excited.” – and despite his duties on the wrestling mat, he’s also preparing for his future life as an offensive lineman with Neal Brown’s West Virginia squad.
A dominating offensive guard and defensive tackle for Fairmont Senior, he’s expected to transition to center in college. It’s a move he’s already practicing for.
“When football season ended, I started working on my snapping,” Frazier explained. “My goal each day is to do 50 snaps, and that’s what I’ve been working on.
“I feel pretty good with it,” he stated. “I still have to get my footwork better in terms of stepping and snapping, but I’m working on it. I’ll be ready.”
After earning special honorable mention all-state notice as a freshman in 2016, Frazier was a Class AA first-team pick in each of the next three seasons. Along the way he helped Fairmont Senior’s football team amass a 47-6 record, advancing to the Class AA championship game three times and winning the state title in 2018. This past season he paved the way for the FSHS offense to average of 239.5 rushing yards per game and 205.9 passing yards per game with 75 total touchdowns.
Frazier’s talent has long been evident to those inside the state and outside it. Besides WVU, Louisville, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest also presented him with scholarship offers.
He and Bluefield (W.Va.) High defensive end Sean Martin were each prime recruiting targets for Brown when he was hired by WVU in January of 2019.
“I think it’s very important for us, being in a state with a low population that may not have as many Power 5 prospects as other places, we have to keep those guys at home who are from within our state,” said Brown. “Zach is an outstanding wrestler; I think he’s only been beaten one time as a high school wrestler. I think he has a chance to be a dominant player at center for us. He has great football instincts. He’s intelligent and loves West Virginia.”
During his Fairmont Senior days, Frazier previously teamed with others who also eventually joined the Mountaineer football program. Defensive linemen Darius and Dante Stills are both former Polar Bears, as are linebacker Jake Abbott and defensive end Rhett Heston. They’ll all be together again at WVU in 2020.
“It will be awesome to keep that tradition going of sending people up there,” said Frazier of the 25.4-mile pipeline from Fairmont Senior High School to Mountaineer Field. “It’s really cool.”
It won’t be just ex-Polar Bears who will be joining Frazier in Morgantown. He’s one of 18 scholarship recruits who signed National Letters of Intent with West Virginia in December.
“I already have developed some great relationships with those guys,” said Frazier of the other members of WVU’s 2020 class. “Garrett (Greene, a quarterback from Tallahassee, Florida) came in a day early for a visit so he could come down to Fairmont and watch one of our playoff games. That’s just awesome. It tells you what type of person he is and what kind of teammate he’s going to be. I can’t wait to get there and start working with him.”
Always a tireless worker, Frazier still has to wrap up his senior year at FSHS, and then he’ll really focus in on getting ready for Power 5 football.
“I have to make sure I’m getting stronger and faster,” he noted. “I’m anxious to start to work with (offensive line) Coach (Matt) Moore and start learning the playbook.”
Also a very good student, Frazier plans on majoring in exercise physiology at WVU. Often students use that major as a spring board to medical school, but the Fairmont native is thinking about keeping his hand in athletics and becoming a strength coach.
That decision is at least four years away, though. For now, he’s got more immediate things to focus upon.