FANS OF NORTH CAROLINA HIGH school football might find it hard to believe Princeton senior Johnny Frasier wasoncerestrictedfromplayingsports.
However, until four years ago, Frasier avoided all
athletic activities due to medical concerns that
stemmed from asthma and a heart murmur.
“I didn’t play any sports growing up,” Frasier
said. “I stayed away from them. Going into my
freshman year, I got checked out and they found
I was above normal in my athletic ability.”
Duke University doctors monitored Frasier’s
heart rate as he ran on treadmills and simulat-
ed other physical activity before giving Frasier
permission to play high school athletics. He’s
been a natural both on the football field and
track ever since.
“It really wasn’t the technique that I worried
about,” Frasier said. “It came pretty easy to me.”
By the end of Frasier’s freshman football season, he started at inside linebacker for Princeton.
As a sophomore, he earned the starting tailback
spot, and a wave of scholarship offers followed.
“My sophomore year, it kind of hit me that I
could play this in college,” Frasier said. “I won a
lot of awards, and we blew a lot of teams out.”
Last fall, Frasier left no question he could
play at the next level. On the season, he carried
the ball 253 times for 2,995 yards ( 11. 8 yards
per carry) and 40 touchdowns.
“It was really the first summer I stayed in
shape,” Frasier said. “I hit the weight room and
kept running all summer.”
At 5-foot- 10, 200 pounds, Frasier relies on
his speed to elude defenders. Last spring, he
finished second in the 100-meter dash in the
North Carolina High School Athletic Association
1A Track and Field Championships with a time
of 10. 73 seconds. He also maintains a 3. 5 GPA
and plans to study medicine in college.
“I think the number of touchdowns I scored
last year tells me I can run on anybody,” Frasier
said. “But I haven’t always had football, so I
make sure I can still do other things.”
So it seems only natural Chalmers will be look-
ing for more opportunities to make plays with the
ball in his hands as a senior this fall. Chalmers
and the Greenwood coaching staff are working
on packages that would place Chalmers on the
field on both sides of the football.
“I want to make a big impact offensively,”
Chalmers said. “I’ve already had a chance to
return some kicks. On defense, I think I can play
the ball even better.”
That’s a scary thought for Greenwood’s op-
ponents as Chalmers is coming off a season in
which he had four interceptions and 12 passes
defensed even though opposing quarterbacks
generally avoided throwing in his direction.
Chalmers has continued to put in the work
this offseason. He stopped playing basketball at Greenwood to focus on football. He’s
worked with a speed trainer and played 7-on- 7
in North Carolina.
“I want to get somewhere for my family,”
Chalmers said. “My grandma always wanted to
see me play on TV. That’s a big motivation.”
Chalmers, who maintains a 3. 9 GPA, could
give his grandmother the opportunity to watch
him on television as early as next year when he
plans to play at Clemson. Chalmers calls the
Clemson program “a family environment,” which
figures to work well for him. He’s leaned on his
family for support throughout his college search.
“My dad stays on me about school; he always says it comes first,” Chalmers said. “I’m
smart on the field. I have good speed, my hips
are pretty smooth, I’m not scared to hit. I’m
looking to showcase all of those things this
year and at Clemson. I had a feeling from
my first visit I wanted to be there. Everything
feels like home.”
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