AUBURN, Ala. — Kiehl Frazier has one season remaining in his college career.
Gus Malzahn announced Friday that Frazier had made the decision to transfer out of the Tigers’ program. According to Josh Floyd, Frazier's coach during his days at Shiloh Christian School, the junior will "most likely" head to Ouachita Baptist, a Division II school in Arkadelphia, Ark. Frazier's brother, Jed Beach, plays on the offensive line at OBU.
Even though he's no longer at Auburn, Malzahn said Frazier’s efforts the past three years haven’t gone unnoticed.
“We appreciate everything that he’s done,” Malzahn said. “He’s been a class individual. He’s a winner. We’re going to root for him in the future.”
Frazier began his career at Auburn as a quarterback. Considered one of the top five signal-callers in the Class of 2011 by every major recruiting service, Frazier authored an illustrious career at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark. He led the Saints to the Class 4A state championship each of his last three years — capturing MVP honors in each — and was named the USA Today’s National Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 2,975 yards and 42 touchdowns and adding another 1,164 yards and 22 scores on the ground.
Upon joining the Tigers in the fall of 2011, he saw action immediately, playing in all 13 games of the season in a backup role to Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley.
Entering the 2012 campaign, Frazier was Auburn’s starter. It didn’t go well, as both Frazier (and the team) struggled, with the Tigers getting out to a 1-4 start. He was then replaced by Moseley in Game No. 6 and didn’t start another game, with Auburn bottoming out to finish 3-9.
Last spring, he battled Jonathan Wallace in a bid to once again establish himself as the team’s starting signal-caller. Neither Frazier nor Wallace was able to able to create any separation, however, as the team headed into fall camp.
In mid-August — and two weeks into a four-way competition with Wallace, Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson for the starting job — Frazier decided to move to safety.
From there, Frazier continued to serve the Tigers in a variety of roles, from serving as a “wildcat” quarterback to running routes with the receiving corps.
In his final season with the Tigers, Frazier’s name made few appearances in the stat sheet. He didn’t record a tackle or interception at safety. He didn’t make a reception as a receiver, either.
His only contribution came during his limited time at quarterback, where he tallied 34 rushing yards on 10 carries. He never attempted a pass.
Still, the once highly-touted recruit wants to prove he can play quarterback at the collegiate level.
Malzahn said he’s been in close contact with both Frazier and Floyd — one of his former players — throughout the decision-making process.
“We’re all communicating,” he said.
Wherever he eventually ends up, Frazier has Malzahn’s support.
“I’m extremely close to him. He’s always been nothing but a winner with his attitude,” Malzahn said. “We’ve talked through the year. He just felt like at this time that he wanted to go somewhere and play quarterback. We wish him nothing but the best. He’ll do well.”