Frazier spends Friday in Tuscaloosa

One of the top defensive prospects in the country, Josh Frazier has an expansive list of suitors. He recently trimmed his list to five and began visiting some of the schools on the list, spending Friday at Alabama.

In May, four-star defensive tackle Josh Frazier announced a top five of Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Texas A&M and USC. He's since removed the Bulldogs from the list in place of the Auburn Tigers after a recent visit.

In checking out each of his schools at some point, the Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber talent spent Friday in Tuscaloosa.

"This was my third time going to Alabama," he said. "It was the same pretty much, but they're doing some new construction.

"We got to see the remodeling, the new locker room, lounge room. They'll have a waterfall in the locker room, pools, new shower, even some jacks in the lockers where you can charge your iphone."

Every recruit weighs facilities, coaching staff and campus atmosphere differently, and the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder had much more to say about the nuances of what's different at Alabama.

"In the equipment room, they have anything you need," he conitnued. "They have 1,200 cleats and said Nike will take care of anything else you need, since they have a good relationship with Nike.

"Even the jerseys, they're going to wear the ones from the national championship this year."

Frazier and his high school coaches checked out the dorms, off-campus living opportunities, Bryant-Denney Stadium and much more. As per usual lately, though, the newest facility caught his attention.

"The weight room is probably one of the best in the country with its size and nutrition bar," he said.

Along with the sight-seeing, there was ample time to spend with multiple coaches.

"My coaches met all the staff, it was a fun time," Frazier explained. "Coach is an awesome guy, a Christian guy, I really like that. They taught me the defense, how they run a 4-3 but their base defense is in a 3-4.

"They said I remind them of Marcell Dareus, which is an honor. If I go to Alabama, I'll have to prove it."

Nick Saban and company held nothing back in relaying their plan for Frazier, should he ink with the Crimson Tide.

"On the depth chart, they said I'll probably sit out a year, but then be in contention to start as a redshirt freshman," he admitted. "I thought that was pretty neat.

"Coach [Billy] Napier told me that, and that I'm the number one defensive tackle on their chart."

Perhaps the most important part of the trip for the No. 5 defensive tackle in America was not only sitting down with Saban, but coordinating a conversation with the coach and his mom - who was unable to attend the visit.

"I talked to Coach Saban for about an hour," said Frazier. "We talked to my mom, even though she didn't come because she had to work. Coach Saban explained everything to her real well. My mom is a hard one to crack, she's not going to like anybody. Before, she wasn't too sure about Alabama.

"But coach explained campus, the education, getting players to the NFL, eligibility and a lot of things."

When it came to courting one of the top players on the board, Saban made time for that as well.

"He said we think you're one of the best players in the country and we think you can help out or defense and make it better," said Frazier. "He reassured me that he feels I'm the best.

"Coming from Nick Saban, that's amazing considering the success he's had. It was pretty awesome."

The two have developed their relationship for over a year now.

"It was the one-year anniversary from when he offered me," he said. "We would talk all the time, and I talked to the other coaches as well. Coach [Mike] Groh always wanted to get me on the phone with Coach Saban as much as he could, and then he always wanted to see what was going on with my life.

"Coach Saban really started recruiting me and coming after me, which was a good thing. Our relationship is really good."

Despite the successful visit to Tuscaloosa, complete with impressive tours, a sit-down with Saban and a breakdown for mom, there's plenty to be said when it comes to the elite rising senior making a college decision.

Said Frazier, "I'm getting pulled each and every way. But I plan on making a decision sometime after football season."

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