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Rivals250 presented by Under Armour defensive tackle Josh Frazier has had a top five of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, and USC, with Nebraska in the mix as well, for a few months now.
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The Trojans were his favorite team growing up, and have always intrigued the standout defender from Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber. The news of Lane Kiffin being fired as the USC head coach has not dampened his interest.
"I'm kind of glad they fired him," Frazier said. "They said he looked defeated. I don't like defeat. If coach O (Ed Orgeron) stays, I'll be fine."
"They need a fresh start, kind of like when Arkansas lost Bobby Petrino and had to go through an awful season with an awful coach and then got Coach(Bret) Bielema."
Frazier said that USC is still high on his list, but changes were needed for the program to move in the right direction.
"I hope they get a really good coach," he said. "I want to see that old USC where they beat the hell out of everybody like when I was growing up watching the. That's the team I wanted to play for."
Frazier plans to take his official visit to USC in December to get a closer look at the Trojan program. Last week, Frazier took his first official visit to Texas A&M for the Aggies match-up with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
"Fun, really fun," Frazier said of the visit. "I like the atmosphere and the campus life. It's different from Arkansas."
A few aspects of his visit to College Station stood out more than others.
"Just the atmosphere and how loud they get," Frazier said. "I found out why they are called the 12th man."
This weekend, he was in Fayetteville as the Arkansas Razorbacks hosted the Aggies. He has taken numerous visits to the Arkansas campus due to its close proximity to Springdale, and once again enjoyed his time.
"It was fun," Frazier said. "Great crowd and all."
Frazier also has official visits scheduled to Alabama (October 18) and Auburn (November 29).
Jason Howell is the Midlands Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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