‘I’ve been a Gator for a while. It just finally feels good to sign that dotted line.’
By AINSLIE LEE
GatorBait Staff Writer
In a time where high school recruits love to exhaust their options, that was hardly the case for Florida’s new signee, Ja’Quavion (Jay) Fraziars.
There were no gimmicks for Fraziars – there weren’t multiple hats on the table or a school’s shirt hidden under his jacket. Instead, when Fraziars walked into the library at Dunnellon High School, he was wearing orange and blue from head to toe.
Even though the recruiting process was still long and hard for Fraziars, his unwavering loyalty to Dan Mullen and the Gators ultimately shined through as he signed his Letter of Intent to the University of Florida on Wednesday morning.
After all, Florida was the first school to offer the wide receiver back in October of 2017. And just over a year ago, Fraziars verbally committed to the Gators.
“I’ve been a Gator for a while,” Fraziars said. “It just finally feels good to sign that dotted line.”
Scribbling fresh ink onto the dotted line was done in celebrity fashion as he and his teammate, AJ Hamilton (USF signee) filled the library on Dunnellon’s campus to the point that it was standing room only.
Flanking Fraziars at the signing table was his grandmother to his right and his mother to his left.
And with a number of family members watching, both physically and virtually, it’s no wonder Fraziars chose to spend his college career in Gainesville.
With a short list that included LSU and Penn State, the proximity to home that Gainesville offers helped the selection process for Fraziars.
“It’s just so close to home,” Fraziars said. “You know, I got family. And I don’t wanna put them on a plane every weekend.”
Though, Fraziars didn’t decide to sign to Florida simply because it’s in-state, but Florida’s academics were also appealing to Fraziars, who boasts a 4.2 GPA.
“Florida is a big medical school,” Fraziars said. “And what I want to do in life, they fit that criteria very well.”
And while it’s admirable that Fraziars is looking ahead academically, don’t think that he hasn’t thought about the impact he can have on the football field.
When asked about his on-field goals, Fraziar’s answer came quickly: “Get out there as soon as possible and do what I gotta do.”
Fraziars, who has relationships with current Gator receivers Jacob Copeland and Freddie Swain, knows that with a receiving corps that’s depleting after this year, opportunities might present themselves immediately.
Stretching 6-foot-4, Fraziars adds some size to Florida’s receiving roster.
If Trevon Grimes stays for his final year at Florida, Dan Mullen’s quarterback could have three targets that are 6-4” or taller – Fraziars (6-4), Grimes (6-5) and Kyle Pitts (6-6).
So Gator fans, while graduating four talented wide receivers is worth sweating about, Fraziars might help fill some gaps in the receiving corps.