When his mother died, Marquise Frasier was ready to give up football.
His grandmother, Angela Mitchell, wouldn’t let him.
Frasier, a running back, and fellow Bradwell Institute senior Khalil Latimer signed letters of intent with Greensboro (N.C.) College last Thursday “Words can’t explain my feeling,” Frasier said. ‘I’m so proud of myself, coming from where I came from.”
Frasier acknowledged losing his mother at an early age “took a really big toll on me.”
But his grandmother kept on him about football and about his grades.
“Having that support system helped me,” he said.
Latimer, a linebacker, racked up 111 tackles, seven for losses, in 2022 for the Tigers. The coaches at Greensboro see him as a linebacker or strong safety, he said.
“I can go anywhere,” Latimer added. “I prefer linebacker, but I can really play anywhere on defense. I’m not scared.”
The recruiting process has been challenging, both Latimer and Frasier said.
“It’s been time-consuming,” Latimer said, “and I’m anxious to see what’s next.”
Latimer appreciated the work Greensboro staff did in reaching out to him.
“They really put forth effort to get me,” he said. “I went to the campus and it felt regular when I went up there.”
“It’s been rough,” Frasier said. “In the beginning, everything wasn’t working out. Last month, the coach and I started texting. Everything started coming along.”