Coach Speak: Chris Fredrick

Syracuse added three-star safety Chris Fredrick on Friday. CuseNation.com spoke with Cedar Grove head coach Chris Hill to break down his game.

Syracuse added their second three-star safety in the 2015 class on Friday in Chris Fredrick. According to his coach at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood (Ga.), Chris Hill, the Orange grabbed a safety that should fit into their defensive system perfectly.

"He's a rangy guy," Hill said. "He's real physical. On top of being physical, he has the ability to play coverage as well. He can go out there and line up against the best receiver one on one. He consistently runs in the 4.5s. He's a high 4.4, 4.5 type of kid. Our track team won the state championship in the four by four, and he actually ran the third leg.

"He's very fast and is a very athletic kid. He made all region in both football and basketball. That's unheard of in our county. Not too many kids have every done that. He's a very heady player and is one of the captains of our team. He's just one of those kids that pops up every four years and I'm very excited for him."

Cedar Grove plays against a high level of high school competition. That has allowed Fredrick to develop and will give an edge as a freshman.

"First and foremost, the level of competition that we play week in and week out is definitely going to help him," Hill said. "In our county, we have some of the best high school players in the whole nation. It's almost like the SEC or ACC of high school football. When you look across the rosters, you see ACC and SEC guys.

"That will definitely help him. Playing the level of competition week in and week out will definitely help him transition to the ACC. I think he'll be able to come in and play right away. He's just such a smart kid. He has a high 3.6 GPA."

"I think he needs to work on recognizing coverages," Hill said. "He's been working on that a lot this spring. He actually is one of our better receivers that we have. That will help him learn about route running and what receivers are trying to do to him."

Off the field, the praises for Fredrick continue from coach Hill.

"I don't put my one hundred percent stamp on a guy unless I really believe it," Hill said. "Chris is one of those kids. He's so mature off the field. On the field, he was unanimously voted as one of our captains. His peers love him. As far as coaching,

"I've been doing this for seven or eight years, and he's special. He's someone that comes along every four years or so. When he talks, everybody listens. He's just that type of kid."


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