Prime Target

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema got a chance Saturday to talk to prime Razorback recruiting target and Springdale-Harber junior defensive tackle Josh Frazier (6-5, 330), one of the nation's top 50 players in the 2014 class and someone who loved what he heard from the new guy.

After a few missed connections, Springdale Har-Ber junior defensive tackle Josh Frazier finally got a chance to visit with new Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema.

Frazier (6-5, 330), named to the Associated Super Team on Sunday along with fellow junior tackle and recent Razorback commit Bijohn Jackson (6-3, 320) of El Dorado, came away impressed with what he heard.

"Coach is a pretty cool guy and someone who you can tell really cares about you as a person and a player," Frazier said. "…He wanted to learn who I was and what I was about, who were the most important people in my life and what was important to me.

"I told him that my mom and coaches and my close friends were the people most important people to me," Frazier added. "He wanted my mom's number so he could call her. It was cool that he just wanted to know all about me and really start building our relationship."

Frazier, who had 65 tackles and 3.5 sacks this past season, is a four-start prospect the 44th overall player nationally in the 2014 class according to

He already has offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas State and interest from several other elite programs such as Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Miami.

"One of the things that Coach Bielema told me when I called was that my number was now in his phone and to call him any time, especially if I wanted to go ahead and commit," Frazier said.

Unlike Jackson, Frazier is planning on taking some time before committing anywhere.

"I just want to take some time and see how things are going to be at Arkansas," Frazier said. "They hired John L. Smith and things didn't go well at all. I don't think that is going to happen with this coach, but I just want to take some time and check everything out."

One thing that Arkansas has working it its favor is that Bielema is a former defensive lineman himself.

"He played there in college and so he knows what it is like to be a defensive tackle on the college level," Frazier said. "I think it is going to be an asset to me to talk to him about that."

He knows that Bielema signed a lightly-regarded defensive lineman named J.J. Watt, a guy who is now on the verge of being named an All-Pro after an outstanding season for the Houston Texans.

"That tells you a lot and that he and his coaches know how to develop players," Frazier said. "That really got my attention."

Frazier is planning on taking the short drive to Fayetteville soon to take an unofficial visit and meet with the Arkansas coaches.

"He told me to come up after the dead period is over and check things out," Frazier said. "I'm really looking forward to it."

Frazier had thought he and Jackson – who were born on the same day – might commit together.

Frazier will be at the Under Amour Combine in Florida and Jackson at the U.S. Army All American one in January.

"But he got a jump on me and wanted to go ahead and get his commitment out of the way," Frazier said. "I didn't know that he and I had the same birthday until a lot of Razorback fans started tweeting happy birthday tweets at me. It's kind of amazing that two different defensive tackles being looked at by Arkansas were born on the same day."

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