USAAAB: Josh Frazier

SAN ANTONIO -- An update on Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber defensive lineman Josh Frazier, an Alabama commit, from the US Army All-American Game...

As one of two athletes from the state of Arkansas playing in Saturday's US Army All-American Bowl, Springdale Har-Ber defensive lineman Josh Frazier is enjoying the opportunity to represent home.

"It's been awesome. Not a lot of top talent comes from Arkansas, so to be out here representing my home state is awesome. Bringing some love to Arkansas and my home town of Springdale," he said.

Frazier, a four-star Alabama commit, has relished in the unique opportunity to compete with some of the nation's best.

"It's been a pretty good experience so far. I'm going up against top talent in the country and I think I've been proving myself worthy. I think I'm on my A-game right now and I have to keep going," he said.

He's one of three Alabama commits playing in the game (Zach Whitley, Shaun Hamilton) and has used the time this week to his advantage.

"It's great to get the chance to know them more, even with Shaun playing for the East. It's awesome because the guys are smart and know what they are doing," he said.

Frazier says his relationship with the Alabama staff continues to grow and he's eager to join the Crimson Tide defense.

"I think I could play as a true freshman. I've been working hard in the off-season, getting all of my reps on my own. They are trying to get Matthew Elam. They want to put me at three and they would have A'Shawn Robinson on the other side. Da'Shawn Hand is at the five and they would have some other defensive end. That would be awesome," he said.

He's taken some time to speak with Elam, but isn't pressuring the Alabama target to make a decision.

"This is the first time I've met him, but he's a really cool guy. He's funny, he's awesome. I've talked to him about how good Alabama is, but ultimately it's his decision, as it was for me. It has to be his decision to leave Kentucky," he said.

Frazier, who says that Alabama is "the best place for training and for becoming a future NFL prospect," maintains he knew that head coach Nick Saban would stay put in Tuscaloosa.

"It didn't surprise me. I knew he would be staying. He built a dynasty there. Every time I had talked with him, he didn't make it sound like he would leave at all," he said.

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