FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As the lone player from Oregon, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic defensive end Kevin Frahm knows he has to represent the entire state in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
But he also knows he has to represent the type of player that Oregon State is recruiting, because he's been a long time commitment for the Beavers.
"It's big time to show people what type of player Oregon State recruits," Frahm said.
"I think sometimes Oregon State gets overlooked as a college team. I think that this game is going to be an opportunity for myself to kind of show the type of stuff that people are going to look forward to in Oregon State's coming future."
Frahm admits it took him a little while to adjust to the speed of playing against some of the nation's top players. But by the end of practice on Monday, Frahm was really coming out of his shell, and he began to make a lot of plays all over the field.
"The most fun thing so far was the scrimmage so far – no doubt," he said.
"It's been good competition and people were just getting after it. It's fun and that's the type of stuff I just love. Big uglies on big uglies. It doesn't get any better than that.
"I'm starting to really get a feel for things, and I'm ready to keep working hard all week long and then turn it on Thursday."
The game kickoffs at 7 p.m. EST Thursday and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Frahm said he'll have a small cheering section at the game for him.
"It's going to be my dad and some of my girlfriends relatives," he said. "It's just her relatives. She could get off work. She'll have to watch me on TV. It's been great so far. I mean I can't complain at all. It's nice. It's sunny and you have a bunch of great athletes, teammates and it's some good competition, too."