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WVU Play-by-Play Tony Caridi Calls Zach Frazier ‘Perfect Fit’ for Steelers



WVU Football Zach Frazier and Beanie Bishop with fans

Few people know more about what’s actually going at WVU than longtime play-by-voice Tony Caridi, making his comments about Zach Frazier speak volumes.

Caridi spoke glowingly about Frazier while appearing on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Monday. “I would take 12 Zach Frazier’s on my team. I think he’d be a perfect fit for the Steelers,” said Caridi when asked his thoughts on the possibility Frazier could be drafted by the nearest NFL franchise to Morgantown.

The Steelers, of course, have been heavily connected to Frazier for months. Pittsburgh’s recent movers and current situation at the center position have only turned up the heat on the speculation that Mike Tomlin and company are banking on being able to garb the former West Virginia Mountaineer in one of the early rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft.

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The timing of Caridi’s comments about Frazier on a Pittsburgh station come after the Fairmont, W.Va. native worked out for scouts over the Easter weekend.

A month after impressing scouts in drills at the NFL Combine, Zach Frazier performed admirably again at the Big 12 Pro Day event on Saturday.

Frazier, who held off on running the 40 in Indianapolis and promised he would do it at the Big 12 Pro Day, was clocked at a 5.24.

The information below from The Athletic’s Dane Brugler shows the rest of Frazier’s day.

6024, 315
40/10: 5.24/1.81
VJ: 28 1/2″
BJ: 8’4″
SS: 4.69
3C: 7.85

Zach Frazier Finally Runs 40, Performs at Big 12 Pro Day

Below are Frazier’s official measurements for his height, weight, arm length and hand size.

Height: 6-foot-2.5
Weight: 313 pounds
Arm Length: 32 1/4
Hand Size: 10 7/8

While his measurements and intangibles all suggest Frazier is poised to have success in the NFL, most of the talk throughout the past few months has been centered around his health.

To that end, most of Frazier’s interview session with reporters at the Combine, including Mike Asti of WV Sports Now, focused on his recovery.

Despite his progress, Frazier was over two hours late to his schedule interview session with the media, and that had everything to do with the concern over his health.

“So, I got an X-ray and a MRI on two different areas, and then one team wanted to see the other. So, like, I don’t know, if one team ask for it, you gotta go get it,” said Frazier about what caused the long delay.

In addition to questions about his health, Frazier did reveal he had formal meetings with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. The Pittsburgh Steelers, however, a team he has been connected to for months, did not speak with him at the Combine. Pittsburgh’s recent decision to cut their starting center caused many to speculate they will be using one of their early draft picks on a center, possibly Frazier.

Frazier appeared in 47 games for the Mountaineers over a four-year span. Frazier’s career at West Virginia came to an end when he suffered a leg injury during the Baylor game on Nov. 25. He managed to get himself off of the field, avoiding a loss of time on the clock late in the game. The Fairmont, W.Va. native capped off his Mountaineer career as an All-American and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

WVU head coach Neal Brown showered Frazier with praise once it was clear his college career was over, highlighting how much his final play shows his intelligence as a player.

“I can’t say enough about Zach Frazier. So appreciative of him and his family. I think one play sums up who he is for his entire career, and I just hope our fanbase, a young man from Fairmont, I think he’s the best center in college football,” said Brown.

Watch Frazier’s full interview from the NFL Combine below.

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