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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Scouts: The rich get richer

By Craig Haubert

ESPN 300 defensive tackle Joshua Frazier is a monster in the middle and has the potential to continue Alabama's recent tradition of dominating nose tackles.

What he brings: A big body with good strength, Frazier adds space-eating size to the trenches. At about 6-foot-4 and around 340 pounds, the top-10 DT can be a tough interior run-stuffer.

Joshua Frazier
Joshua Frazier should add space-eating size to the trenches for Alabama.
Like many young big men, he needs to watch his pad level. But when he fires out low, he can be tough to move off the ball. He needs to improve hand usage and then he can be tough to handle. He’s not a disruptive penetrating presence, but he displays good lateral mobility for his size and can be active between the tackles. As a pass rusher, he is capable of collapsing the pocket with a bull rush.

How he fits: Best suited as a 3-4 NT, the four-star is a nice fit for Alabama and its base 3-4 defense. He is a big body who can help those around him by either occupying blocks as a run defender or creating push to press the pocket as a pass rusher. He is also athletic enough with further development in technique to make some plays himself between the tackles. It may not show up statistically, but this looks to be a good fit for both Frazier and what he's capable of -- and for Alabama -- in what it will ask from him.

Prediction for performance: Frazier has the size and strength to come in and contribute, though he likely will not be looked to fill an immediate need, which can benefit him. His natural tools can allow him to potentially work his way into the rotation early, but to be the consistent contributor he is capable of, he needs to improve in areas like hand usage. He, along with fellow ESPN 300 DT O.J. Smith, gives Alabama two good young options at NG. A ood defense can never have enough good DLs to rotate in and to keep fresh.

How the class is shaping up: Alabama has the top-rated class in the nation with a group that features eight prospects who rank either No. 1 or No. 2 at their respective position. The Crimson Tide did experience a pair of de-commitments over the past week, but they have rebounded nicely landing a verbal from ESPN 300 DT Frazier, the No. 2-rated prospect in the state of Arkansas. With the commitment of the four-star big man, Alabama now has commitments from 17 ESPN300 prospects and has landed the No. 2-rated player from Arkansas for the second year in a row.