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Johnny Frasier changes commitment to N.C. State

At Dave Doeren’s introductory press conference at N.C. State two years ago, he pointed out how many good running backs had left the state of North Carolina. He vowed to change that.

N.C. State got a verbal commitment from Princeton’s Johnny Frasier on Saturday, one of the best high school running backs in the country, during the 5-foot-11, 220-pound back’s official visit to the Raleigh campus.

With Garner’s Nyheim Hines and Greensboro’s Reggie Gallaspy already committed in the class of 2015, Doeren’s making good on his recruiting promise.

All three four-star running backs are ranked among the top 12 prospects in the state by Rivals. Scout ranks Frasier, (5-11, 220 pounds) as the best player in the state and the fourth-best running back in the country.

Frasier, who ran for more than 2,200 yards and 33 touchdowns for Princeton as a senior, had originally committed to Florida State last summer. He posted the news of the switch on his Twitter account on Saturday night.

With Signing Day (Feb. 4) less than two weeks away, N.C. State’s class includes four of the top 10 prospects in the state. Verbal commitments are non-binding until National Letters of Intent are signed.

Frasier is one of the Princeton High School college signees scheduled to sign on Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. in Princeton.

Doeren made in-state recruiting a priority when he was hired after the 2012 season. That year star running backs Todd Gurley (Tarboro) and Keith Marshall (Raleigh) both left the state for the University of Georgia.

Frasier ran for 7,111 yards in his three-year career at Princeton High School and scored 100 rushing touchdowns. He burst onto the national recruiting scene after his junior season, earning a No. 1 overall ranking at running back by

He made a verbal commitment to Florida State on Aug. 10, but said at that time he would still talk with five schools (Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, South Carolina and Alabama). N.C. State was not one of those schools.

Frasier received several high profile visitors, including Alabama coach Nick Saban, during December and made official visits to Tuscaloosa and Tallahassee in the fall.

D. Clay Best contributed.