Har-Ber Prospects Procure In-State Interest

Junior Nick Byrne and sophomore Josh Frazier have obtained interest from in-state institutions and the duo finished spring practice with the Har-Ber Wildcats on Thursday.

The Springdale Har-Ber football team featured a couple of collegiate prospects during Thursday's intra-squad game that wrapped up spring practices for the Wildcats.

Junior tight end Nick Byrne and sophomore defensive tackle Josh Frazier are both being recruited by the top two in-state universities – Arkansas and Arkansas State. Frazier recently received a scholarship offer to play at Arkansas and Byrne said he has received interest from the Razorbacks as well.

"Arkansas has been calling me and talking to me," Byrne said. "They invited me to camp this summer, so I'll probably go down there and do that."

Arkansas assistant coach Bobby Allen has been recruiting both Byrne and Frazier. Allen has the longest active tenure at a single SEC school as an assistant coach for the Razorbacks.

"Arkansas has been talking to me ever since I was a freshman," said the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Frazier. "Coach Allen has been good about staying in contact with me and making sure I get down there, meet the players and meet the coaching staff."

Frazier said whether or not Arkansas keeps some of the coaches that are currently on staff will play a big role in his decision.

On the other hand, Byrne said "a really personal coaching staff and an offense that fits (his) style of play" will be the most important factors of a school that he will play for at the next level.

Byrne is a 6-foot-4 tight end that will be depended upon heavily in Har-Ber's passing game with the departure of leading receiver Michael Fine. Fine led the Wildcats with 50 receptions for 865 yards in 2011.

"Michael was a great leader and he led our team with receptions and yards as well, and the team is really looking for me to fill that void and pick up the slack there," Byrne said.

"I think I'll be a goal line threat and in the running game, I'll block the linebackers and get them out of the play."

Since his role consists of knocking heads with the defensive front seven to clear paths for running backs, Byrne said he has had practice with hitting big guys like Frazier in practice.

"I've lined up against Josh before and he's a big boy," Byrne said. "It was kind of a stalemate, but he's really good.

"It's a great thing for him [to be offered by Arkansas] and he'll excel wherever he goes."

Both Byrne and Frazier have received scholarship offers from the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Byrne said offensive coordinator and former Shiloh Christian quarterback Rhett Lashlee has been recruiting him.

Lashlee, who played for ASU head coach Gus Malzahn and Springdale Har-Ber coach Chris Wood in high school, attended Thursday evening's spring game.

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