At the end of his speech to the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club on Wednesday, Razorback head coach Bret Bielema tossed out this gem:
"I do want to close by saying that as much as I love offensive linemen – and we have had a great history of offensive linemen – defensive linemen have a good place in our program as well," Bielema said.
That was an indirect shout out to Springdale Har-Ber Josh Frazier (6-4, 308), who was in attendance as the club honored him being for named a Preseason first-team All-American by MaxPreps.
Frazier, whose team played in a jamboree with Tulsa Union, Bentonville and Owasso, Okla., on Thursday and opens its season Sept. 6 by hosting Webb City (Mo.), says that he has developed an outstanding relation with Bielema and the rest of the new Razorback staff.
"Every time that I talked to Coach Bielema he is very genuine and funny, but when he gets on the field, he is serious and gets down to business," Frazier said. "That is what I like about him. He is always honest with me and tells me the truth about things. He is just a really great guy."
Frazier will be one of the prospects on hand Saturday when the Razorbacks open their season with the University of Louisiana at 3 p.m. in Fayetteville.
He plans to see several Arkansas games this season, attend some practices as he did last week and visit the campus a lot during the season.
That is why he said that Razorbacks fans should not be freaking out over how he does not have a plan to take an official visit to Arkansas.
"I am coming to games and I have been up to see Arkansas and the new coaches a lot already and will keep doing that," Frazier said. "I have been coming up there since my ninth grade year. I know everything that I need to know about Arkansas. I love Arkansas. I love Arkansas football. I am a Razorback fan.
"I have been around here when Arkansas has had Coach (Bobby) Petrino was coaching Coach (John L. Smith) and now with Coach Bielema," Frazier added. "I think Coach Bielema is the best of those and one of the best coaches in the country.
"I just want to use that official visit that I would take to Arkansas to go see another school that I have never been to and don't know much about," Frazoer continued. "People need to know again that I love Arkansas and I love Arkansas football and I love these coaches."
Har-Ber head coach Chris Wood, who made it clear at the NWA TD Club that he is a Razorback fan, likes how Frazier is handling his recruiting.
"Josh enjoys the recruiting process," Wood said. "I don't know a kid that doesn't. For a 17-year-old or 18-year-old kid, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Her enjoys it, but he does it with humility. Josh is really focused on his team and his teammates.
"On the other side, Josh is studying and doing his homework on all the schools and is building relationships with the schools that he is interested in," Wood added. "When we driving up here today, I ask him if he had been on Arkansas' campus lately with their new stuff. He told me that it is on par or better than anything in the country."
Frazier, who had 65 tackles last season and has gone from 330 to 308 this offseason, has over a dozen offers and has narrowed those in half.
"Arkansas, USC, Alabama, Texas A&M and Auburn are my top five in no certain order," Frazier said. "I am going to take an official to Nebraska because they have been recruiting me hard every since my sophomore season. If I like it, then I might have a top six, but if I don't than I will just have my same top five.
"I will make a decision after my football season," Frazier added. "I'm thinking that I might do it at the U.S. Army All-American Game (on Jan. 4th in San Antonio)."
Har-Ber, which has a D-I prospect on offense in Tulsa offensive line commit Isaac Johnson (6-7, 275), got even stronger on the defensive line this summer when junior Ricky Dobbins (6-2, 310) moved in from Maumelle.
Dobbins and defensive ends Jake Hall (6-5, 250) and Hunter Banks join Frazier to form what could be a dominant defensive line for the Wildcats this season.
"We are going to be so good this year," Frazier said. "In my opinion, I think we have one of the best defensive lines in the country for high school football."
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