'Too good to pass up'

Syracuse received some good news on Thursday as in-state running back Jordan Fredericks gave his verbal commitment to the Orange. He discusses his pledge inside.

Jordan Fredericks said he was going to wait until after his senior season to make a decision on where he would play football at the next level. But over the several days after he returned home from a visit to Syracuse, something changed.

The Cedarhurst (N.Y.) product decided to end his recruitment and commit to the school that felt like the right fit.

"It just felt like home," Fredericks said. "I liked the facilities, I liked the coaches. Really, God just blessed me with this opportunity to have a scholarship from there with such a great education.

"With the academics and the opportunity to play, I just couldn't pass it up. I just felt so great going there. Sometimes you just feel like something speaks to you. It's just the right place for me."

After Fredericks visited Syracuse, he had only positive things to say about the school. After grabbing an offer and consulting with his parents, a decision was made to commit. His family fully supported that choice.

"They were excited," Fredericks said. "It felt like, when I left there, I just had a huge smile on my face. I talked about it with them and we were all excited about me going to Syracuse."

After making the decision, the next step was to notify his future coaches. When he did, there was nothing but joy from the Orange staff.

"They were very excited," Fredericks said. "They said I was their number one recruit and they said they can finally sleep at night now."

With his commitment out of the way, he can focus on his goals for his time at Syracuse. Education is first, but on the field goals are on his mind as well.

"I want to have a high grade point average," Fredericks said. "I want to be a team leader and a great player. I want to do my best to lead us to a championship."

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