Walking the streets of quaint Safford, Arizona Ralph Frias has witnessed the bewildered stares and heard the whispers for quite some time.
When you stand 6-feet-7 inches tall, weigh close to 320 muscular pounds and routinely bench press 340-350 you’re bound to stick out in a small town, even to people who can’t accurately target your age.
“They all think he plays at [Eastern Arizona College],” Safford head coach Michael Alba said to Sports360AZ.com flashing a wry grin about his star who was 6-foot-4, 250 pounds as a sixth-grader. “He’s been getting that for quite a few years. He’s never really played at Safford when people walk by. They just assume he’s an Eastern Arizona football player.”
Thanks to a strong senior year, which has seen Frias drop weight but add strength to his already massive frame, the college offers are coming in for the big kid from the small town.
— Rafael U. Frias III (@LoneWolf__54) October 9, 2017
His body, mind and ability have evolved since his first days playing varsity as a freshman.
“I’ve changed a lot,” Frias explained to Sports360AZ.com. “I was that shy freshman kid just coming up. I learned from past generations and the time you’ve spent at high school.”
In case you were wondering if Ralph Frias is still big. Yes. Yes he is. pic.twitter.com/PomG90OcYb
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His wide-ranging list of offers are spread across the country from UMass, to Dartmouth (Frias holds a 3.5 grade-point-average), to Central Florida, to New Mexico State, to San Diego State and the University of Minnesota among others. It appears Frias’ top choices include ASU, San Diego State and UNLV but with his recruiting heating up, he’s in no hurry to make a decision mid-season.