On Wednesday, Fredrick knows he will be playing in the Big Ten. He just doesn't know where.
In a meeting with Head Coach Bret Bielema and his family Wednesday morning, Fredrick was offered by the Badgers, joining the Hawkeyes and North Dakota State as schools to have extended the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect.
Fredrick spoke to Badger Nation Wednesday afternoon about his whirlwind day.
Badger Nation: With an offer already from Iowa, did you think a good performance during Monday's camp would have earned you a Wisconsin scholarship offer?
Jordan Fredrick: After Iowa offered, I didn't expect anything. I knew an offer just wouldn't be given to me or anything. I thought it might give me a little edge or make them look at me a little closer, but I knew it wasn't going to come to me. I knew I had to go out, earn it and play good. I felt that if I did well and impress them, it would end with an offer, which it did.
Badger Nation: What was some of the feedback you got from the coaching staff?
Jordan Fredrick: I worked with the linebackers and I was comfortable since I had done it in a couple camps this summer. I play defensive back and wide receiver in high school, so it is something new. I like to play the position. I definitely did a lot better than I expected. It was a lot more instructional and I definitely learned a lot more about linebacker stuff. Coach Doeren and Coach Bielema said they were impressed with some of the things I was able to do being one of the first times I had played linebacker. There were a couple times I wanted to do things better, but it was pretty good.
Badger Nation: How did the process of today go?
Jordan Fredrick: At the end of camp, Coach Doeren said he would email after they had an early meeting to tell me what was going on to see what the plan was. I got an email that said Coach Bielema wanted to have a meeting with me and my family at nine in the morning. So, I was hoping that was an indication. We met with Coach Bielema, some academic people, Coach Doeren and the strength and the conditioning coach and it all went really well.
Badger Nation: Is this offer a big deal for you, seeing as you are from the city?
Jordan Fredrick: Yeah, it's a pretty big deal because if you asked me this a year ago, I probably would have laughed and said ‘I wish.' I totally wouldn't have expected this or thought it was a reality. It's definitely a dream come true. I haven't made a decision yet. I am hoping to make it pretty soon, but it's definitely very excited when Coach Bielema said he was offering. I was hoping it would happen for the last few months and it has happened.
Badger Nation: How does this change your recruitment? Iowa is obviously a big-time Big Ten offer, but another big-time Big Ten offer is in the mix. How does it change how you are going to approach your decision?
Jordan Fredrick: Well, I mean, if it wasn't for the Wisconsin offer, I would be learning towards Iowa. Iowa is definitely one of the top schools in the nation, so I was very excited about that. I thought about what I would do if this would ever happen, if Wisconsin would offer and how I would approach the situation or how I would feel about it. It's definitely harder than I ever would have thought. A year ago, I was thinking straight Badgers. But when Iowa offered and I learned more about them after visiting them, I really like everything. It's going to make the decision very tough between Iowa and Wisconsin. They are both great teams, great programs and great universities.
Badger Nation: Iowa offered you as a linebacker. Did Wisconsin do the same?
Jordan Fredrick: Obviously in college football, I am not going to be a cornerback. At Iowa, it's outside linebacker. At Wisconsin, we're talking outside linebacker or safety. It just depends how I grow and my size. If one position doesn't work out, I can more wherever.
Badger Nation: What kind of numbers did you put up your junior year at Madison Memorial?
Jordan Fredrick: I had like 60-some tackles, 30 solo tackles, 23 knockdowns and nine interceptions. Pretty much the interceptions were what caught people's eyes. I had two games with three interceptions. They aren't eye-popping numbers tackle wise, but hopefully the way I played open some people's eyes.
Badger Nation: If you had to give yourself a scouting report, what would you say about yourself and how you play on the field?
Jordan Fredrick: I think as a defensive backs, my best characteristics are my footwork. Coach Doeren and Coach Bielema were saying that, too, that I have some great feet. I think I obviously have to get stronger. I think everyone does when they go to play college football. I want to get a little quicker to play DB. I think I have pretty good hands because I have been playing receiver the last few years. I just feel like I need to improve in everything, but I have a ton of time to get better.