Hospitable Host

Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier talks about his timetable for narrowing his list, his relationship with the Arkansas coaches and his buddy - Arkansas pledge Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320) of El Dorado.

As expected, Springdale Har-Ber has already hosted several college football coaches this spring and there are plenty more on the way.

They are all stopping by to see Wildcats' junior defensive tackle Josh Frazier (6-4, 332) – one of the nation's top 2014 prospects who has double-digit scholarship offers already pocketed.

"Arkansas came by first over a week ago and then both Notre Dame and Alabama were here this past Friday," Frazier said. "I know that Miami, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State and USC are all due in this next week."

All of the schools are doing their part to put their best foot forward as Frazier prepares to narrow his list down on or around May 23.

"I was going to go ahead and do it earlier, but my head coach (Chris Wood) told me I should wait until spring practice is over with and give all the coaches a chance to come by," Frazier said. "I decided that was a really good idea and so I plan to announce my top five after spring practice is over."

It's certainly likely that Arkansas and Alabama will be two of those five.

"Yes, those are two schools that I have visited and am really high on," Frazier said. "I really like what is going on with the coaches at Arkansas and Coach (Nick) Saban, well, he is just the best of the best so that kind of speaks for itself."

Frazier has been able to be a very good relationship with the new Arkansas coaches as he has been up several times for practice and just to talk to them.

"They are all very genuine and I just really like and respect every one of them," Frazier said. "I definitely think they are great coaches and going to get Arkansas back to the top."

He's a real big fan of Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.

"He's just very real and has a great personality," Frazier said. "I think he is a great man and a great coach. He is somebody I can definitely see myself playing for."

Frazier has been very clear about what he wants to see this season from Arkansas - who had two top 10 finishes nationally in 2010 and 2011 before crashing to a 4-8 a year ago after the ouster of Bobby Petrino.

"I just want to see how their season is going to go, if they are going to go back the way they were going," Frazier said. "I just need to see that things are going to head the right way in the future."

After watching the NFL draft this past weekend, he also knows that he one day wants to be in the league.

"A lot of reporters ask me about what I want in a program and I definitely want a winning program," Frazier said, "but what I also want is to be coached by someone who knows how to develop talent and what it takes to put people in the NFL. That's very important to me."

Both Frazier and El Dorado defensive tackle and Razorback pledge Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320) – who also has offers Arkansas and Alabama among others – have been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.

The pair were born on the same day – Nov. 6, 1995 - and both were at Arkansas' Red-White game.

"That's going to be great," Frazier said. "We are becoming really good friends and I enjoyed hanging out at the Arkansas' game. I know a lot of people want us to play together and be dominant. We are really pushing each other right now to get better."





Josh Frazier and Bijhon Jackson


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