Rivals250 presented by Under Armour defensive tackle Josh Frazier has his eyes on six college programs as he enters the 2013 season, and he already has plans for many of his official visits.
The Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber standout defender has a top five of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, and USC with Nebraska also firmly in the mix. Frazier wants to get a look at the gameday atmosphere of each program so he plans to take his official visits during the season.
"Auburn I'll be going to the Iron Bowl for an official," Frazier said. "Nebraska I haven't chosen a game yet but I plan on going on an official to Nebraska. (Texas) A&M, Alabama vs. Texas A&M. Alabama vs. Arkansas is when I plan on going there. Then USC I haven't chosen one yet."
Although it has not been scheduled he mentioned USC vs. Stanford as his possible official visit weekend for the Trojan.
Arkansas is not on his official visit schedule, but he also has plans to see the Razorbacks in action.
"Arkansas, I live like 10 minutes away and I can go to all the games I want for free, so that's the reason I'm not taking on to Arkansas," Frazier said.
Frazier has not said much regarding favorites among his top group of schools, but he admits there are a couple of programs who may hold a slight edge at this time.
"Not really…maybe…I really don't want to say…but of course you have my childhood favorite USC," Frazier said when asked about anyone standing out among his top programs. "I guess you could say they have kind of a slight edge because they are my childhood favorite, but nothing is set in stone yet. I just have to get down there and see the place and if I like it I like it but I'm not going to make a decision while I'm there because I want to see how Arkansas does. Of course Arkansas is my hometown and so I would say Arkansas and USC, but I don't know. We'll see what happens."
The process of narrowing his list further has been tough and for many reasons.
"I have a bunch of family in Houston so Texas A&M that's why I'm looking at them," Frazier said. "Then Alabama, there's really not much to say about them. They're the No. 1 team in the country. Auburn, the reason I like Auburn is because coach Malzahn, my head coach was under coach Malzahn when he was in Arkansas and coached at the high school 10 minutes away from ours at Springdale and had like the no. 2 team in the country. That's the reason why I like coach Malzahn and his staff. It's really hard to choose right now but that's how stuff works."
Frazier does not have a definite time table for a college commitment, but does say it will be after fooball season sometime.
Now he is ready for the 2013 season, and he has big plans after a strong offseason and summer.
"It's been good," Frazier said. "I've gotten a lot stronger and a lot faster over the summer and over offseason really. It's all been coming together. I've been shedding a lot of fat. I think sophomore year I weighed about 340 and I'm down about 310 or 315 or something like that when I weighed in for fall camp. I'm ready to go. I ran a 5.1 at the Opening and my strength is ridiculous. So my speed and agility is all coming together and now I just have to use what God gave me and go dominate this year and try to help my team to a state championship."
Frazier is currently ranked No. 103 in the Rivals250 and Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber is currently ranked No. 96 in the RivalsHigh100. It comes as no surprise one of their strengths is a defensive line which boasts defensive end Jake Hall and 6-3, 320-pound 2015 Maumelle (Ark.) transfer Rickey Dobbins.