Cedarhurst (N.Y.) Lawrence Senior High running back Jordan Fredericks is one of the most talented running backs downstate. He recently visited the big in-state program, Syracuse, for their annual spring game.
"I got to see the facilities and all that," Fredericks said. "I know a player up there, John Kinder. He went to my high school. I toured the weight room, but I didn't get to walk around the campus that much. I saw the Carrier Dome also. I had a real good time up there.
"The facilities were a great site. They were the best of any of the colleges I've been to so far."
From there, he checked out the spring game where a couple of upper classmen caught his eye.
"I took a look at the spring game too," Fredericks said. "It was great. Number one, the wide receiver. He stood out the most to me. He stood out a lot. And Prince-Tyson (Gulley) stood out to me.
"He's very agile when he cuts through the hole. He's very quick when he changes gears just like me. So I see a lot of similarities."
An important part of the trip was getting to know the coaching staff on a more personal level. He spent time with nearly the entire staff at different points during the trip.
"I talked to all of the coaches actually," Fredericks said. "I talked to the offensive coordinator (George McDonald), the head coach (Scott Shafer), the d-line coach (Tim Daoust), the d-backs coach (Fred Reed), the running backs coach (DeAndre Smith) and my recruiter (Bobby Acosta). I got to talk to all of the coaches actually."
Maybe the most important interaction came his primary recruiter, new tight ends coach Bobby Acosta. That was when Syracuse extended a verbal scholarship offer.
"Coach Acosta offered me," Fredericks said. "We talked about what I thought about the school, Syracuse. What I liked about it and stuff. Then he told me they were giving me a full ride because I can play more than one position. I can play running back, d-back, punt return, kick return and slot receiver.
"I was amazed that I was being offered a full ride to Syracuse University. It amazed me a lot. I just couldn't believe me. I just shook his hand and said ‘thank you, I will really think about it.'"
Despite the offer and his strong reaction, his mind did not wander towards ending his recruitment. Fredericks wants to make sure he makes the right decision and does not pull the trigger too early.
"I really didn't consider committing," he said. "I know my parents, I mean my parents loved the school too, but they don't want me to commit early."
Just because he did not immediately commit to the Orange, does not mean the interest is not there. In fact, they might be an early favorite for the 5-foot-11 running back.
"My interest in Syracuse is very high," Fredericks said. "I actually like all my schools in different ways. Syracuse is a huge place to be. Temple, the coaching staff has been there for a decent amount of time. Stony Brook, my brother goes there and it would be a great opportunity to play with him.
"I'll commit after my senior year of playing football."
Fredericks hopes to get back up to Syracuse this summer. He wants to attend one-day camps at Rutgers, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt. Coach Acosta is expected to visit him at his high school in the next few weeks.