In the midst of being recruited by a variety of Southeastern Conference schools and other prestigious programs like USC and Notre Dame, Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier said he is focused on winning a 7A state championship in the state of Arkansas.
The Wildcats were unable to reach the title game last year as Fayetteville beat Bentonville for the second season in a row. Frazier, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle, said he is hopeful to help his team get there and thinks the defensive line as a whole can be an anchor on an already strong defense.
"I honestly think we have all the right parts this year to win a state championship," Frazier said. "Our defense played incredible at 7-on-7 and played some of the best teams in the country in the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase. We beat Broken Arrow (Okla.) and played really well against Hoover (Ala.) and that was the only team we lost to and we lost by eight points. Our defense should be really good.
"Our offense returns a lot of starters and our defensive line has a new addition. We have Jake Hall (6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end) and myself and then we got like another me, we call him 'Mini-Me' because he is about my size, just a little shorter. He's about 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds. We also call him 'Big Rick,' but his name is Rickey Dobbins and he came from Little Rock. He's a really big, powerful guy, and then Michael Kidd is about 6-foot-1, 215 pounds or something like that and he is speedy off the corner and he'll go make plays.
"Everything is coming together, we just have to live up to our potential."
Frazier, a four-star defensive tackle, is a highly-touted prospect, but he said he is just taking his time in the recruiting process. Still, he is just short drive away from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and he said he has seen a lot of good things pertaining to the Razorbacks recently.
"I've been to a lot of practices and stuff and I think Arkansas has the chance to shock a few people this year with the way that Coach (Bret) Bielema and the coaching staff is preparing the team," he said. "I think they have the capability for a decent year.
Like fellow highly-touted defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson, Frazier got to see the Fred W. Smith football center when it was revealed to the players.
"The locker rooms were amazing," Frazier said. "It's really huge. And the lockers themselves, too. The locker themselves are the biggest ones in the country. Apparently, not only in college football, but including the NFL. They're like an oversized chair for a big guy like me.
"Man, the team was really excited. I saw my old friend Brey (Cook), not that I played with him at Har-Ber, but I saw him when I was in 10th grade, and he gave me a big hug and was telling me 'this is where you need to be' and things like that. And I walked around and looked at everybody's faces and they were dancing and laughing and having a good time. Like Coach Bielema said 'it was like watching three-year-old kids open gifts on Christmas.' It was hilarious to watch."
Frazier and Jackson have been around each other a lot this summer and he said that may eventually play a role in his decision of where to attend college.
"Bijhon and I have grown close over time," he said. "Spending time at the Rivals Challenge camp and The Opening together and being born on the same day, there is a little bit of a connection there. It comes natural with him. We're really good buddies and I could see myself playing with him, maybe. But it all depends on how I end up feeling."
With Frazier, everything is hypothetical right now, but he said he could see himself playing in the Southeastern Conference and for Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge if the stars align correctly.
"The appeal is that it is the best conference in all of America," he said. "Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, I mean there are a lot of really good teams. Competing with the best is what I like to do. But USC is another one of my favorites and I love their tradition and watching them play. The Pac 12 has some other really good teams, too. It just depends on how I feel, again.
"In my honest opinion, Coach Partridge is a really good guy and he wants the best for his players and whoever he is recruiting. If I decided to play for him, I feel like he would have my back 100 percent and he would do anything possible to make me the best player I could be. I could see myself playing for him, if it worked out, because he is a really good guy."
Frazier focused on competing for state title
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