A first happened for the Smoking for Jesus Ministry Christian School May 14.
The Eagles have a college student-athlete now that Charles Frazier, Jr. signed his National Letter of Intent to Midway University in Midway, Ky. Midway University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and will be fielding a football team for the first time in its history in 2022.
“After watching my film, they wanted to get me over there,” he said. “I really understood I needed to go to this school. Even before high school, football has been a passion of mine. God gave me the will and the desire to do this.”
Frazier said he spent some time searching for schools where he could play football. The bonus is that Midway University parallels much of his experience while playing for Smoking for Jesus. Both programs represent private schools with an emphasis on Christianity. Both have close-knit student bodies where everyone celebrates each other’s achievements.
“It felt like a bond,” he said of his conversations with coaches. “Our bond is a lot stronger, and I love it. It felt really good.”
Frazier played running back and linebacker for Smoking for Jesus though he doesn’t know what position he’ll play in college. During his four years playing for Smoking for Jesus, Frazier had 144 carries for 1,366 yards and 27 touchdowns and 67 receptions for 829 yards and 12 scores. Defensively he had 342 tackles, 254 of which were solo, 19 sacks, an interception returned for an 80-yard touchdown, and three fumble recoveries.
“It’s not that big of an adjustment, it doesn’t have to be a big adjustment,” he said.
The son of Racheal and Charles Frazier, Sr. will major in art.
“I want to get good at it,” the younger Frazier said. “I want to use the talent God gave me. I don’t want to put it to waste.”
The last three years have produced some incredible memories for the Smoking for Jesus athletics program. The Eagles were the Texas Christian Athletic League state runners-up in football in 2019 then won back-to-back state titles in the sport in 2020 and 2021 en route to capturing the boys basketball state championship during the 2021-22 school year. Frazier and his brother Jonathan finished in the top four in four total track and field events, which was enough to bring home the team runner-up trophy from the state meet of the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations May 7.
Charles Frazier, Sr. is the head football coach and assistant boys basketball and boys track and field coach. Both reflected on what the last four years have meant to one another.
“I had the honor of being coach and dad,” Frazier, Sr. said. “He would explain the stuff that happened on the field that I wouldn’t know. Your heart is bigger than I could imagine. I’m encouraged to your coach and even more proud to be your dad.”
“Being an Eagle has meant everything to me,” Frazier, Jr. said. “Everything that has happened to me — I wouldn’t change it. I’m grateful to God for that.”
Boys head basketball and track and field coach Boo Maxwell summed up what makes Frazier, Jr. a great athlete.
“You got heart,” he said. “You play and you get hurt and you come right back the next play, and you take it to the next level. It’s your heart.”
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