Recruiting Ripple: Chris Fredrick

Three-star safety Chris Fredrick committed to Syracuse on Friday. CuseNation.com breaks down the impact of his decision inside.

Syracuse landed its 16th commitment in the 2015 class when three-star Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove safety Christopher Fredrick pledged Orange during an unofficial visit on Friday.

Regional Impact

Georgia is what is referred to by head coach Scott Shafer as a strong secondary pipeline for Syracuse. While the priority is recruiting the northeast, with New York and New Jersey as the top two states, there need to be other options if prospects are missed or if there is a lack of talent in a given class.

The Peach State has been good to Syracuse over the last few cycles. They signed Kayton Samuels and Jonathan Thomas in 2014 as well as Alex Hayes in 2013. George Morris, Josh Parris and Cameron Lynch are among the players currently on the roster that hail from Georgia.

Cedar Grove is an strong high school program in the Atlanta area. They had a four-star player sign with South Carolina last cycle and a three-star sign with Vanderbilt prior to that. Developing a pipeline to a school that is regularly producing division one talent, specifically talent that can play in the SEC and ACC, will be beneficial for future recruiting efforts.

Chris Hill, head coach at Cedar Grove, told CuseNation.com that "we are trying to build a pipeline to Syracuse. Chris is the first example of that."

Positional Impact

Syracuse came into the 2015 cycle looking to take two or three safeties. Landing Fredrick gives the Orange two three-star prospects at the position. Syracuse is losing Durell Eskridge, Ritchy Desir, Darius Kelly, Jaston George and Wayne Morgan over the next two seasons.

There is a significant need to reload the position. Especially with the recent news that Treevon Prater did not academically qualify. While not surprising, it puts more of an emphasis on the position this cycle.

Landing Fredrick allows Syracuse to be much more picky at the position. They do not need another prospect this class, but will take one if they find the right player. At the top of the list is Daiquan Kelly.

Kelly is visiting on Sunday and has Syracuse in his top four. The Orange will continue to pursue Kelly as a top priority, but he is no longer a must with Fredrick on board. Outside of three-star Kelly, Jazzee Stocker is also on the radar. However, that is likely it as far as prospects Syracuse is willing to take at this point.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Syracuse's class if filling up fast. There is still work to do, however. With 17 players in the mix already, Syracuse will fill the rest of its class with primarily defensive prospects.

Linebacker will be a key focus, with three more slots available. Sawyer Dawson is likely to decide soon between Syracuse and Purdue. Kyle Pugh also visited recently and is a priority for the Orange. The last spot could go to Doyle Grimes, but Anthony McKee and Malachi Felder are also on the radar.

Defensive line also has several priority targets. Defensive tackle Jamal Milan is the top guy at the position. Syracuse may only take one, possibly two, more in the middle of the defensive line. Milan visited recently and things went very well.

At defensive end, the clear top targets are Qaadir Sheppard, Austrian Robinson Amir Ealey and Jake Pickard. Syracuse might take all four, as each is too talented to pass up. However, the likelihood of landing all of them is slim. Sheppard and Pickard are the most likely to pledge Orange, with Ealey right behind them.

The tight end position is the only offensive slot still yet to be filled. Alex Parkinson is the top priority. There could be some movement in mid to late July in his recruitment. Behind him is Tucker Sigle, though he does not have an offer yet.

Final Thoughts

Fredrick's commitment on Friday was a bit of a surprise. That said, Syracuse did well to land a talented player at a key position. It was a solid move that does not force the Orange to have to wait on other targets who could end up looking elsewhere. The class is up to 17 prospects and is filling up at a rate not seen during the 13 plus years Scout.com has been covering recruiting.


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