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Ex-Husker picks NDSU

FARGO — When running back King Frazier decided the University of Nebraska was not for him, all signs pointed him to North Dakota State. So he enrolled this week and will have three years of eligibility.

NDSU head coach Chris Klieman recruited Frazier when he was a standout prep player in Lee’s Summit, Mo. When Frazier started looking for another school, his high school coach at Lee’s Summit contacted Klieman.

The other school Frazier was looking at, Klieman said, was Southern Illinois. His lead recruiter with the Salukis happened to be Randy Hedberg, who was named the NDSU quarterbacks coach two weeks ago.

“When we were down in Frisco, (Nebraska) just finished their bowl game and King called me,” Klieman said. “He said, ‘I saw you got coach Hedberg.’ He said he was going to cancel all visits and said, ‘I want to come to NDSU.’ He came here sight unseen.”

At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Frazier is a bigger back than the Bison have had in recent years.

“But he still has the burst to hit the edge,” Klieman said. “We need competition, and we’re excited he wants to come in here and compete. John Crockett is a great back, and we’re excited with John being that guy, but we need guys to compete.”

Frazier had 12 carries for 44 yards with one touchdown, appearing in 12 games for the Cornhuskers. He was a fourth-string I-back behind three highly touted players.

He’ll be able to participate in winter workouts and spring football and will compete with sophomore-to-be Chase Morlock and junior Darius Anderson for the No. 2 spot behind Crockett. NDSU has freshmen walk-ons Peter Saintal from Fargo North and Jacob Peterson on the roster.

The Bison are expected to sign at least two running backs for the 2014 recruiting class.

“We don’t have a lot of numbers at the running back position,” Klieman said.