Three-star Peach State safety Christopher Fredrick has not visited the Syracuse campus. Despite that, he felt comfortable enough with the Orange on Friday to verbally commit. At least after his parents gave their blessing.
"I just felt like it was my best option," Fredrick said. "It's a place where I can play. They have a good educational program. They had all the pieces. I've been wanting to commit for a while. I had convince my parents about going to Syracuse.
"They needed to be comfortable in order for me to do it and that happened (Friday). They liked the educational program. They talked to coach Reed and he answered a lot of their question."
Another big factor in Fredrick's decision was his relationship with his primary recruiter, defensive backs coach Fred Reed. The two have developed a strong bond during the recruiting process, and that went a long way in Fredrick's decision.
"We have a pretty good relationship," he said. "I call him a lot. I ask him questions and he always answers them honestly. We have a good relationship and that was important to me."
Outside of a solid relationship with the coaches and a strong academic program, the Cedar Grove High standout saw an ideal fit within Syracuse's defensive scheme.
"Yes that was important," Fredrick said. "A lot of schools wanted me to just play corner. Syracuse wanted me to play safety and corner. That was a plus too. I can fit into their defense pretty well."
With his decision in the rearview mirror, Fredrick is focused on what he can achieve while donning the orange and blue.
"As far as the team, we want to win games and an ACC Championship," Fredrick said. "For myself, just become the best that I can. Syracuse fans can expect a hard working young man who's going to give them all he's got."
Fredrick plans to visit Syracuse sometime after the dead period, which runs from June 30th through July 13th.