Four-Star DT Moves Auburn In Top Five

Josh Frazier

Four-star defensive tackle Josh Frazier has offers from all over the country, but his trip to Auburn this week has put the Tigers into his Top Five.

Springdale, Ark.—Massive defensive tackle Josh Frazier admits Coach Gus Malzahn's program wasn't really in his plans when he took a visit to Auburn this week, but after spending a full day and parts of two others on the Plains he says things have changed dramatically for him.

"I really didn't know what to expect," the 6-4, 327-pound Frazier says. "When I got there I really didn't think much about Auburn. I spent the night and hung out with Jeffrey Whitaker, a senior defensive tackle. He's a really cool guy, a good Christian guy…They are just really genuine guys and really care about the other people on the team. That's what I really liked about it.

"They have a real good family down at Auburn," he adds. "I really like the Arkansas guys. I went to bed Wednesday night and woke up Thursday and didn't feel homesick or nothing. It felt like home, another Arkansas to me. I guess that's a plus for me because usually if I'm somewhere else I could get homesick. It felt natural to be there. We'll see what happens in the future. I'll come back for an official visit, probably the Iron Bowl. I'll get to see the place one more time."

Entering his trip Frazier says he had a solid top five of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas A&M and USC. After spending time with the Auburn players and coaching staff and also getting a feel for the campus life, the four-star defensive tackle says the Tigers are definitely in his top group now with Georgia on the way out.

In addition to his good feelings, Frazier has the added bonus of getting background information on Auburn's staff from Har-Ber coach Chris Wood. On the same staff with Gus Malzahn at Springdale (Ark.) High, Wood also coached Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee in high school. Frazier says those connections only help strengthen Auburn's chances.

"They moved up probably a lot," Frazier says. "I like the coaches. Our head coach is best friends with Gus Malzahn. They coached at the same high school together back in Springdale when they had the number one team in the country. It's a really good situation down there.

"They were constantly telling me to come to Auburn and they were going to take care of me," he adds. "I'm starting to believe them now. I really didn't know what to think, but I think it's going to be a pretty good situation down there. We will see because I still have USC to look at. I have been to Arkansas so many times. I just got done visiting Texas A&M and I'm visiting Alabama on Friday."

With Auburn now among his favorites Frazier says he'll begin to dig deeper into the Tigers to learn more about the program. One thing he believes is already a plus is Auburn's 4-2-5 defensive scheme. Playing in a 3-4 in high school, he says having the ability to make plays as a defensive tackle instead of just being a run stopper in a three-man front is appealing to him.

"He's a really cool guy," Frazier says of Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner. "He kind of just showed me the film of what they run defense-wise. I really think I could fit into that system.

"I asked the coaches why would they not run a 3-4 and why they ran the 4-2-5? He told me at my position as a true nose guard he's really supposed to just take up blocks. The reason why they run a four-man front is because they want everyone to pass rush and make plays and get off blocks. It gets everybody involved. I'm starting to like that."

Hoping to take all five of his official visits sometime this fall, Frazier says he hopes to make his decision sometime after his senior season but may take it all the way to signing day if he's still undecided.

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