Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Jackson and Frazier check out Hogs
El Dorado defensive lineman junior Bijhon Jackson committed to Arkansas before being able to meet Coach Bret Bielema and his staff in person but that changed on Saturday.
In town for the state track meets being at the Tyson indoor track facility on the Arkansas campus, Jackson and Springdale Har-Ber junior defensive lineman Josh Frazier were able to spend an hour with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.
”It definitely made me feel like I made the right decision," Jackson said. "I don't think I could like the Razorbacks even more but every time I go up to Fayetteville. I like the Razorbacks even more."
Jackson, 6-2, 325, 5.1 seconds in the 40 yard dash and Frazier, 6-4, 324, 5.1 seconds in the 40 yard dash, have become friends and share the same birthday of Nov. 6 of 1993.
"I was the first to go over there and Coach Partridge was waiting outside," Frazier said. "We waited on Bijhon and his coach. The first thing we did was go to Coach Bielema's office . We saw coach Bielema for about three minutes because he had to go to the Arkansas (basketball) game and be introduced."
Frazier, who added a scholarship offer from Southern California on Monday, also has offers from Arkansas, Alabama and Arkansas State.
Partridge took the two on a tour of the new football complex under construction.
"They said it's suppose to be done my June," said Frazier, who along with his mother visited with the Hog coaching staff on Jan. 13. "We toured around and the locker room , the players lounge, the theater room , defensive staff rooms. They have five pools. Everything is going to look good."
Partridge explained the depth chart and show the Hogs being low on defensive tackles and how Jackson and Frazier are needed at Arkansas.
"They have a lot of defensive ends but they're really short on defensive tackles," said Frazier, who wants to make several visits this summer before making a decision. "He said he plays about three to four defensive tackles every year. When they were good at Wisconsin they played about four defensive tackles and rotated them in. The top two of course got the most playing time ."
National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network rates Frazier the No. 85 junior prospect in the nation and Jackson at No. 95.