February 28, 2013

Frazier's story unique

The vast majority of recruits in each cycle have a similar story.

Most played football growing up and eventually grew into the major prospect that schools began to covet.

But Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.) defensive tackle Josh Frazier has a different story to tell.

He is currently standing as the 90th-ranked recruit in the country according to Rivals.com, so he has made it to the point of being a blue chip prospect, but his path to that spot is much more unique.

"It all started back in like the eighth grade. I wasn't like I am now," Frazier said. "I got in some trouble back in junior high, and I didn't really know what my future held. I didn't know what path I wanted to go down. I was going in a lot of different directions at the time. My eighth grade head coach, Coach Jones, came to me and told me that I have a good chance to be a Division I athlete and to actually to get out of this hole for my family, this hole of poverty and what not.

"I really didn't know what it meant at the time, but I kind of just went out and did my own thing. I came to football practice in the eighth and ninth grade. Then my sophomore year, my grades weren't too good, but I started getting these letters from Arkansas. I got some prospect information sheets. Then I got those first offers from Arkansas and Arkansas State and it kind of stuck in my head that I have a chance to do things. So I started to change the way I think about school. I started to buckle down and started to do the right thing. I got my grades up and started doing really well in school. I gave myself a chance to be a division one athlete and potentially go to college and get an education and possibly go to the NFL and play football. Now I'm just looking at all of the possibilities and opportunities ahead of me."

Now that he has gotten things straightened out on and off the field, schools from all over the country have come calling.

"It has started to get on a roll here lately with three big offers in the last six days," he said. "Notre Dame came first on Friday. Then Texas A&M came yesterday. Then Georgia came today. I don't know who else is going to offer me. Florida is looking at me. USC offered me a few weeks ago. It is starting to get on a roll right now and everything is starting to speed up so it is getting crazy a little bit."

Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson extended Frazier's latest offer, and the Bulldogs are team that Frazier followed fairly closely in 2012.

"I know that Georgia played great against Alabama," Frazier said. "I was watching that game and they are a real hard nosed team and they could have competed for a National Championship game if they had done a couple of things different in that game. Jarvis Jones, that linebacker that UGA had, I watched him and he is just an athlete. He just wrecks people. I watched him this year because the defense was incredible. I watched some Georgia football this year and I like what their defense does."

When Wilson extended the offer to the four-star prospect, the Georgia assistant wasn't just impressed with what Frazier does on the field.

He also likes the changes that the Arkansas native has made off the field and in the classroom.

"He was really excited about me," he said. "He talked to my coaches and my principal to do a background check on me. He really liked me character because everything my coaches had to say was positive about me. I've stayed out of trouble and my grades are excellent. He really liked how I am focused and my work ethic so we talked about that kind of stuff. That is one of the reasons they offered me and he said he liked the way I play on the field."

At 6-foot-4, 320-pounds, Frazier is an incredible athlete and more schools are bound to offer in the near future.

But at this point, the Rivals100 standout says he hasn't made up his mind at all and anything can happen.

"Right now anything is up for discussion," he said. "I don't have my mind set on any school right now. I just know I have eight really good offers and I just want to get around and talk to the staffs and see what each school is like. With these eight schools, they are some of the best schools in the country. I just want to want to get a look at each of these programs and I really haven't narrowed it down. Georgia has a really good program. Alabama has one. Arkansas is getting back on the rise with the new coaching staff. Texas A&M just came off a really good year after beating Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium. I can't decide on one right now. There are just all of these schools that are amazing so I don't know what is next."

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