High School Football

Hilton Head High WR Frazier closing in on family, school records

ccox@islandpacket.comOctober 16, 2013 

Hilton Head Island High School's Aaron Frazier (11) runs away from a James Island defender during last week's game.

JAY KARR -- THE ISLAND PACKET

Victor Frazier Jr.'s single-season receiving record at Hilton Head Island High school is about to fall, possibly as early as Friday night.

And the former Seahawk couldn't be happier about it.

"It's pretty cool, man," he said. "I think it's pretty cool. He put in the work and he earned it."

The record will inevitably no longer be his. But it won't be going very far. The mark will stay in the Frazier household, as little brother Aaron is poised to rip the history book away from big brother.

The junior needs just 49 more yards to break Victor's mark of 767 set in 2009.

"It's real special," Aaron said. "Me and him have been talking back and forth about me breaking it. Ever since he set the record, I told him I was going to break it."

A stranger may not know the two are even related. They are instead best friends, a phrase both used to describe the other. They talk every night by phone while Victor is away at Greenville Technical College, with the conversations ranging from schoolwork to football.

"I love him," Aaron said. "That's my best friend."

It's been a learning process for the younger Frazier. He played strictly on defense prior to this year and had to earn the trust of his quarterback and coaching staff as the season progressed.

Most of his yardage early on came via tunnel screens. Now he's become the trusted downfield threat signal-caller Ben Oliff needs, as the athletic receiver has managed to split several double coverages while also proving reliable on jump balls.

"He runs really well, he jumps well," coach B.J. Payne said. "His ability to go up and get a ball is huge. He's so long. That's what makes him really special."

He has made an impact in all three phases of the game for the undefeated and seventh-ranked Seahawks, as he's amassed 23 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown from his safety position while also serving as Hilton Head High's kick and punt returner.

"He's a dynamic athlete," Payne said. "Saw him last year and knew it was just a matter of time before it broke out."

The older Frazier has watched from afar. He's come down to see his brother play a handful of times this season, including the 33-32 win over rival Bluffton in which Aaron hauled in five catches for 98 yards.

He occasionally will offer insight to his receiving protege. "Keep your hands in for a couple more seconds," Aaron recalls his brother telling him.

"I want to take credit for it," Victor said. "But I can't take all the credit."

Their father probably deserves some, too. Victor Frazier Sr. was inducted into Hilton Head High's Hall of Fame this year after enjoying a successful four-year run with McCracken High in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was the Southern Conference Rookie of the Year at The Citadel in 1982 and was the team's Offensive MVP two seasons later.

"I think it's amazing," said Victor Frazier Jr. "The fact that we have so many generations from my dad down to me and down to my brother and my other brothers coming up."

Aaron is hoping to have a similar impact this season for the Seahawks. In addition to his brother's receiving record, he finds himself just 12 catches shy of Marvin Cohen's record 49 in 1992 and in striking distance of Clifford Morrow's record 28 yards per catch established in 2008.

"He's a great talent," Oliff said. "And he's only a junior, too. It's great having him to throw to. He can turn a 5-yard throw into a 70-yard gain."

But the only number that matters now to Aaron is his older brother's receiving record. He could reach that number against Orangeburg-Wilkinson this Friday, when the 7-0 Seahawks look to move one step closer to a home playoff game and possibly a Region 8-AAA championship.

"He's rooting for me, but he wants to keep it," Aaron said, smiling. "But he's not going to keep it."

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