Bluechip Defensive Tackle Interested In AU

A long relationship with Auburn Coaches Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee could be good for the Tigers with the nation's No. 2 rated defensive tackle prospect, Josh Frazier. This report on the high school junior includes game video highlights

Springdale, Ark.—One of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country, big Josh Frazier is being recruited by just about every school in the nation out of Har-Ber High. A massive junior who has a chance to be an anchor for a defense down the road, Frazier's talent is something his coach, Chris Wood, says is only going to improve the stronger and more mature he becomes.

"Josh has the physical presence at about 6-4, 325," Wood tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He's got good ball get-off. He's got good hip flexibility. He's one of those power guys inside and we're trying to develop his game from B-Gap to B-Gap and hopefully extend that out from C-Gap to C-Gap. When he decides to turn it on he's pretty tough to deal with."

Already with offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Arkansas State and recently USC, Frazier added an offer from the Auburn Tigers soon after Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff arrived on the Plains. Wood says that's not a surprise considering his relationship with the guys when they were at Arkansas State and it makes the Tigers one of the teams in the mix for the talented tackle.

"I think he's interested," Wood says. "The biggest thing he wants to do is try to get on campus and see the facilities and get some one-on-one time with the coaches and try to get that experience and just build that relationship. Coach Malzahn and Coach Lashlee started the process last year showing interest in Josh when they were at Arkansas State.

"We had gone to a 7-on-7 tournament in Alabama last summer and we drove through the Arkansas State campus. They had an opportunity to meet him at that point so they have already started the ground work of building that relationship. They are doing a good job with it. I think that has been a big plus."

Something that could pay dividends for the Tigers with Frazier is Wood's relationship with both Malzahn and Lashlee. Coaching with Malzahn while at Springdale, he was Lashlee's high school coach and knows both extremely well.

Because of his time spent around top programs he's also seen how the recruiting process works and knows Frazier is headed for a wild ride in the coming year. With that in mind he says it's just a time for him to enjoy and try to learn as much about each of his schools before making a final decision.

"I was fortunate enough to be a part of that 2005 year at Springdale High when I coached under Coach Malzahn," Wood says. "You kind of saw that happening back then. As a junior that hasn't even gone through spring training it's kind of a neat deal to experience to talk with these coaches and get their opinions and visions of what they think he can do.

"We want to sit down with Josh and have him look at the schools he's real serious about and try to make sure he can get on those campuses and see the school and see what the best fit is for him. I think that's the plan right now is to try to get him on the Auburn campus in the spring."

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