Frazier atop Notre Dame's board

Defensive tackle Josh Frazier of Springdale (Ark.) Har-ber explains how the Irish already know how he'll fit into their defensive line, and he talks about where he's visiting this summer and fall, what he likes about Notre Dame, and the one negative he sees about the Irish.

During the spring evaluation period, Notre Dame assistant Bob Elliott visited defensive tackle Josh Frazier of Springdale (Ark.) Har-ber.

"Coach Elliott assured me that Notre Dame really wants me and that I'm the No. 1 defensive tackle on their board," Frazier told me. "They said that they think I'm the best defensive tackle in the country. They really want me to visit, so I can see what the Irish have to offer."

"I don't know when I'm going to visit, but I will," Frazier said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Frazier does, however, have some other visit plans nailed down.

"This summer, I'm visiting Auburn, Alabama, and Texas A&M," he said. "I know I will take two of my official visits to USC and Alabama, but I'm not sure about the other three yet."

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive lineman says he likes what he knows about the Irish.

"Notre Dame has the best academics in division I football next to Stanford," Frazier said. "They graduate almost 100 percent of their players, and I would be pretty much set for life if I went there."

"The thing is, to go to Notre Dame, you have to take a year of foreign language in high school, and I haven't done that," Frazier said. "So, I need to decide soon if that's something I want to consider, because none of the other schools I'm looking at require that."

Frazier said the coaching staff already has plans in place for him for should he come to Notre Dame.

"They have compared me to Louis Nix in terms of stature and ability," Frazier said. "Coach Elliot toold me that I would start right off the bat because Louis would leave for the NFL, so I wouldn't have to redshirt if I went to Notre Dame."

"I'm good at stopping the run because I have been doing that for a long time," Frazier said. "I'm improving at the pass-rush, and that is why I'm going to a few camps this summer, so I can learn new techniques and compete."

Frazier said a "family atmosphere" will a primary factor in his decision.

"I'm looking for a family atmosphere that's not just business," Frazier said. "I don't want to just win and get by, but I want to develop relationships with people."

Frazier is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation.

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