Springdale Har-Ber 4-star defensive tackle Josh Frazier was awarded his U.S. Army All-American jersey on Monday.
Josh Frazier was awarded his U.S. Army All-American Game jersey on Monday.
Frazier has been selected to play in the Jan. 4 U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas. Frazier and El Dorado 4-star defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson will both represent the state in the game. Frazier was all smiles on Monday as he was honored in front of the entire Class of 2014 at Har-Ber High School.
“It means a lot to me,” Frazier said. “For my friends, my family and my coaches. It just shows all the hard work I have put in and all the effort I've put out.
“In my ninth-grade year I was dreaming about going to an All-American game and now it's happening before my eyes. It's a great honor and a blessing. I'm just glad to be here and do it in front of all my friends and family. It's awesome.”
Frazier is being heavily recruited by Arkansas and others, but despite holding double-digit offers he admitted the selection to the U.S. Army Game wasn't something he expected.
“I was very surprised and happy,” Frazier said. “I was filled with joy. I can't imagine one of the top players in country. That's kind of hard to say four year's ago when I was in ninth-grade I never knew anything like this would happen.
“I would have never thought I got all these offers and all these colleges looking at me. Every time I wake up and think about it and it's a great honor and a blessing.”
Frazier said it was a student at Har-Ber getting selected to a game when Frazier was in the ninth-grade that helped make him aware of the all-star games.
“I actually didn't even know they had any [all-star games] until my ninth-grade when our Har-Ber right tackle Brey Cook played in the Under-Armour All-American Game. Coach (Chris Wood) told me about Mitch Mustain playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game back in '05.”
Josh Frazier is one of two recruits that will respresent the state in the Jan. 4 all-star game.
Wood is proud of Frazier and knows the selection to the all-star game was a product of Frazier's work ethic through the years.
“Josh is a talented young man,” Wood said. “I've watched him since he was in the seventh grade kind of grow up in the system. He has worked hard in our program.
“We're really excited for him and honored that he was selected.”
Frazier has been to Arkansas on several occasions for unofficial visits. He was at the Arkansas-Texas A&M game this past Saturday night.
“I thought Arkansas played really well,” Frazier said. “(Alex) Collins and Hunter Henry and those freshmen kind of makes me think what I could do as a freshman. The Arkansas-Texas A&M game was really fun to watch seeing how Collins and Jonathan Williams and all those guys battled to try and get back in the game.”
Frazier said despite the final score, Arkansas made a very good impression on him about their future.
“They are going to be a really good program the next couple of years,” Frazier said. “I definitely see improvement. I think they have a whole new emotion and new type of mentality they play with. It's showing on the field and in these games they have played so far. They just played one of the top teams in the country and went head-to-head with them. I thought they did really well.”
If Frazier ends up at Arkansas, he would play for Charlie Partridge. Frazier said he likes Partridge.
“I have a really good relationship,” Frazier said. “We talk every week on the phone. He calls me up and just ask me how I'm doing in school and what's going on with football. He lets me know what's going on with the D-tackles and stuff like that. What he's doing to get prepared for the game.”
Arkansas has two seniors starting at tackle and another senior at end. Frazier likes that situation since he would certainly have a shot at early playing time.
“I think if me, Solomon Thomas and Bijhon were to go to Arkansas I think we would have a really dynamic defensive line in a couple of years,” Frazier said. “With me, Solomon and Bijhon, I don't know who would play the other end, but I just kind of look at it as an opportunity. Me and Solomon are good friends and we've kind of been thinking. It just depends on where Solomon wants to go. I don't know yet, we'll see.”
Frazier has been to Texas A&M for an official visit. He talked about what he liked while in College Station.
“The Texas A&M visit went really good,” Frazier said. “I had a fun time down at the Alabama-Texas A&M game. I really like the campus life and environment. It's really a beautiful place with a beautiful campus. Lots of great people I met down there.
“The players are awesome. I met Johnny Football (Manziel), he's awesome and cool. It's a really good environment. Coach (Kevin) Sumlin is a really awesome guy. He wants the best for all the athletes that come through Texas A&M. I really like that. I also like the resilience of going against Alabama. That's the team I want to play, a resilient team that bounces back even when they are down. I thought that was pretty awesome coming back from a three touchdown deficit.”
Frazier said he likes what Alabama is doing as well as Coach Ed Orgeron at USC and also likes the Auburn coaches. Arkansas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Nebraska, USC and Auburn are his top six in no particular order.
Wood feels that wherever Frazier decides to attend he will be a good addition to that program.
“I think a couple of variables,” Wood said of Fraizer's recruiting. “He's a defensive lineman and those are like diamonds across our country. Those are rare finds. Josh falls in that category. He fills a lot of needs in a 3-4 or 4-3 (defense). He has good versatility in the defensive line and I think that's huge.”
Frazier's mother, Donna Frazier, was in attendance at the ceremony and is obviously proud of her son.
“I'm just amazed and still taking it all in,” Donna said. “All that has happened to him. It has really meant a lot to our families all the opportunities presented to them. Football and everything else that is going on in his life right now.”
Frazier has a grade of 95 with 247Sports, is the No. 96 player in the Top 247, No. 9 defensive tackle and No. 2 recruit in Arkansas' Class of 2014.