All-Met Frohnapfel To Join Twin at Marshall
After Colonial Forge All-Met senior tight end Eric Frohnapfel committed to West Virginia last summer, most of the recruiting pitches from other schools waned. But not that of his twin brother, Blake, a quarterback bound for Marshall University, across the state from WVU.
Blake Frohnapfel's in-home recruiting efforts and Marshall's continued pursuit of Eric paid off last week when Eric de-committed to WVU after he learned that he might not have much of a role under future WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen.
Holgorsen, a former Oklahoma State assistant who will serve as the Mountaineers' offensive coordinator in 2011 before taking over as head coach in 2012, recently met with Eric Frohnapfel at Colonial Forge and told Frohnapfel that he generally does not use a pass-catching tight end in his offense -- the Oklahoma State roster lists no tight ends -- and added that Frohnapfel might be only a part-time player at best in Morgantown.
"He was very honest and very upfront, but it's not really what I wanted to hear, so I decided to go to Marshall," said the 6-foot-7, 220-pound Frohnapfel, who took an official visit to the Huntington, W.Va. school the weekend of Jan. 22 and was encouraged about the role the tight end plays in the Thundering Herd's offense.
"I got into the mind frame that I'm going to be a Mountaineer and all that, but things change and I really believe that things happen for a reason," Frohnapfel said. "It didn't work out at West Virginia -- I wish it did -- but it didn't. I'm happy I had a school like [Marshall] to fall back on."
Frohnapfel acknowledged there might be a bit of a prestige hit, going from a Big East school to a Conference USA school, but he believes the college football experience will be rewarding at either.
"I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, but that was definitely a draw for West Virginia -- a BCS school, Big East, see them on TV all the time," Frohnapfel said. "For an 18-year-old kid, who doesn't want to play on a team that's relevant like that? But Marshall is a great school. The stage won't be as big, but it's still going to be free. There will still be thousands of people in the stands at all the games. It will still be big-time football and will still be a rush no matter what level it's at."
The Frohnapfels hooked up 28 times for 641 yards and eight touchdowns last season for Virginia AAA Northwestern Region Division 6 runner-up Colonial Forge (11-1).
They will officially sign with Marshall on Wednesday morning during a ceremony at the school, Frohnapfel said, joining receiver-defensive back Tim Scott (North Carolina) and lineman Nick Easter (William and Mary).
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