Benson (NC) West Johnston running back C.J. Frederick has a bit of catching up to do with regard to his peers and the recruiting process.
The 5-8, 190-pound all-purpose back from North Carolina has an offer list that's a bit more modest than some others at his position from the region. East Carolina, Liberty, North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T have extended scholarships to the smaller, shifty athlete.
Frederick has been taking it easy of late, but earlier this summer he attended camps at NC State, North Carolina and East Carolina.
While in Raleigh, Frederick proved to be one of the most impressive running backs in attendance. He was extremely smooth and fluid during drills and displayed solid quickness and cutting ability. Most impressive was Frederick’s performance during one on ones when opposing linebackers found him to be a handful to cover coming out of the backfield.
He spoke with Pack Pride recently and recapped that trip as well as a couple of other camps he attended over the summer.
"I think I did pretty good at all of them," Frederick said. "I've been getting a lot of handwritten letters (since then), so I guess that's a big deal. I've been talking to coaches over the phone, too."
NC State offensive coordinator Dana Bible has been assigned to recruit Frederick to the Pack, though they have not yet offered him. What are their conversations like when they speak on the phone?
"He (Bible) wants me to play my first three games and then we'll go from there. They've already seen my film. I guess now he's said he's gonna watch me. I'm definitely interested in State. It seems like it would be a good place to play."
Frederick said his camp at NC State went well. He said the same thing about the camps at UNC and ECU, and when asked if he has any favorites he emphatically replied, "Absolutely not."
Coaches may have some questions concerning Frederick's size, and that could be a sticking point for some. Nonetheless, it's difficult to argue with his production. Last fall at West Johnson he rushed for 1,500 yards and had 250 receiving yards with a total of 27 offensive touchdowns.