Big-Time DTs

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Razorback defensive tackle pledge and El Dorado star Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320), who says he is still fully committed to Arkansas despite a recent offer from Alabama and that he continues to work on Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier (6-4, 332) to be a Razorback as well.

The last time Arkansas went head-to-head with Alabama for a pair of lineman the Razorbacks walked away with the two signatures.

That was offensive linemen Brey Cook of Springdale Har-Ber and Mitch Smothers of Springdale, who are both running first team at the guard spots as the Razorbacks' spring practice comes to a close with the Red-White game on Saturday.

This year's battle has now been fully engaged with El Dorado defensive tackle and Arkansas commitment Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320) recently being offered by Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban – who had earlier offered Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier (6-4, 332).

It will be the first true major test of new head coach Bret Bielema and his staff of keeping elite talent at home and away from the SEC West and national kingpin.

Both Frazier and Jackson will be on hand for Saturday's 2 p.m. game in Fayetteville and were among the players Arkansas coaches saw when they went into 29 different schools on Monday as the spring evaluation period got underway.

"You can't emphasize it (locking up the state) enough," noted Arkansas recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser. "We really know how important they (in-state prospects) are year in and year out in us winning championships. We also know that it doesn't mean anymore to anybody else to play here than the kids that grew up in this state. We have to make sure those kids stay here and we get them to come here."

Ironically both Frazier and Jackson were born on Nov. 6, 1995 and the state's top two players have already accepted invitations to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 5 in San Antonio.

Jackson, who committed to Arkansas back on Dec. 20th and recently set a state record with a 335 pound power clean, had 67 tackles with 12 tackles for lost yardage and six sacks this past season.

Just named ESPN's fifth-best defensive tackle in the country, Jackson says he is solid in his commitment to the Razorbacks despite the offer from the defending national champions.

He also has offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas State.

"It was nice getting the offer from Alabama, but I am just fully committed to Arkansas and that is not going to change," Jackson said Thursday night. "We (Jackson and Frazier) almost every day on twitter or the phone and I think he is feeling really good about Arkansas, too, but just wants to take his time and make sure."

Frazier, Scout.com's third-best defensive tackle nationally, has a plethora of offers with Arkansas and Alabama being joined by Notre Dame, USC, Florida State, Texas A&M, Georgia Ole Miss and Auburn.

The four-star prospect had 65 tackles last season, 6.5 for lost yardage, one forced fumble and one sack.

"I have been to Arkansas a lot and I know everything there is to know about them," Frazier told Scout.com recently. " I have met the new coaches, they seem very genuine, and they seem to be a great group."

Frazier plans to narrow down his decision down to five schools around May 23.

There are several top prospects that will be on hand this weekend and Arkansas will show off its new football center that is currently going up.

"It is a lot of good looking kids and we plan on showing them this brand new building that is going up, have them be around our coaching staff and our families will be here – every one has moved here – so we will show them the family environment of the coaching staff and the players....," Hauser said.

Here is a list of some of the players expected to be on hand for this week's Red-White game:

2013 Walk-Ons

• Will Duncan, TE, 6-4, 230, Little Rock Christian

• Chris Jones, FB, 5-11, 250, DeQueen



2014 Commits:

Juan Day, TB, 6-1, 210, North Little Rock

• Bijhon Jackson, DL, 6-2, 320, El Dorado

Other 2014 prospects:

• Aaron Hamaker, TE, 6-6, 260, Little Rock Catholic

• Josh Frazier, DT, 6-4, 332, Springdale Har-Ber

Davion Hall, ATH, 6-2, 185, Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau

• Jackson Morrison, OL, 6-2, 290, Maryville, Mo.

• Sione Pelelei, TB, 5-9, 185, Gonzales (LA) East Ascension

• Josh Qualls, QB, 6-0, 175, Rogers Heritage

Solomon Thomas, DE, 6-3, 255, Coppell, Texas

• Bill Weber, OL, 6-5, 310, Coppell, Texas



2015:

• Will Gragg, TE, 6-3, 240, Pine Bluff

K.J. Hill, ATH, 6-1, 180, North Little Rock

Zach Rogers, OL, 6-3, 290, Carrollton (Texas) Hebron





Bijhon Jackson





Josh Frazier


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