When it comes to the recruitment of Shiloh Christian quarterback Kiehl Frazier, the end is near.
Frazier (6-3, 215), regarded as the fourth-best quarterback in the country by Scout.com, made that clear on Thursday afternoon after the Saints finished up spring practice with a scrimmage.
"I am pretty far along," Frazier said. "I am planning on making a decision in the next week or two. I am going up to Arkansas either tomorrow or the day after then I am going to Auburn. After that, I am pretty sure I will get it done."
Miami had been among a final three out of some 26 offers, but Frazier said it's going to be one of the SEC schools.
"It's pretty much down to those two – Arkansas and Auburn," Frazier said.
His decision could be made as soon as this weekend when he goes to Auburn for what is called "Big Cat Weekend."
It will be his second trip to Auburn in just a few weeks, which has led to speculation he may be on the verge of committing to the Tigers.
"I mean there is definitely a chance just because I am getting it done," Frazier said. "Those will be my last two visits. Either I'm going to Arkansas or Auburn. If I am picking Auburn, then I will probably do it down there. If I am picking Arkansas, I will do it sometime else.
"Those are really the only things I have left to do to get the recruiting process over," Frazier added. "So it should be real soon."
Frazier was asked to assess the positives of both schools.
He noted Arkansas had head coach Bobby Petrino, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee, it's high-powered, NFL-style offense and the location.
"Just the coaching staff, the philosophy, it's close to home and if you want to play in the NFL, that is an NFL system and a system that you want to be in," Frazier said. "Coach Petrino is highly respected in the NFL and in the college ranks. That is what he brings to it.
"Coach McGee, he is a great teacher," Frazier added. "He is a great guy."
As for Auburn, it was former Shiloh Christian head coach and current Auburn OC Gus Malzahn, a similar offense to what he runs now and the family atmosphere.
"Just Coach Malzahn," Frazier said. "He was coach here and went down there. They run a similar system, of course they add a few things just to get it up to the college speed. But really him and just the rest of the coaches down there – kind of the same thing. They really make you feel like family down there."
As for his numerous trips to Auburn, Frazier said he has had plenty to visit with the Arkansas coaches as well.
"I am just getting a comfort level," Frazier said. "I go up to Arkansas probably once or twice a week. It's not even really a recruiting trip just because I go there so much.
"It is just fun just to kind of go through the process and go see places," Frazier said. "Really since it is narrowed down to those two, I am just seeing kind of the final aspects of the colleges to get it done."
What's left to the decision?
"Just where I feel I have the best chance to go in and compete," Frazier said. "That is really the last thing I am looking at."
Frazier, who had hernia surgery a month ago, will be a mid-term graduate and be able to go through spring practice in 2011 at Arkansas or Auburn.
"I just feel that will give me the greatest opportunity to go in and compete," Frazier said. "Of course I want to go in there and play. If I get redshirted and end up being the back-up, that is what will happen. But I definitely want to go in and compete to play."
Frazier Nears Decision
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