Another early commitment for Syracuse was three-star Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove safety Christopher Fredrick. He took an official visit to his future home over the weekend along with several other Orange pledges.
”The visit went well overall,” Fredrick said. “I liked the facilities. They’re really nice. I liked the players a lot. They’re real cool. Juwan Dowels was my host. The cornerback. He was cool. He was telling me about the hardest part being a freshman and after that it flies by. He was telling me how much he enjoyed being there.”
One big highlight for the 6-foot-2 safety was the new indoor practice facility. It’s a place he plans to frequent when he arrives on campus over the summer.
”Oh man I was ready to just get in there and play,” Fredrick said. “It’s real nice. The players were in the practicing when I went in there. It’s nice out there.”
On Saturday, Fredrick checked out the Carrier Dome for a basketball game day atmosphere. He was impressed by the fans and the noise.
”The atmosphere was great,” Fredrick said. “I actually didn’t know that they cut off half the stadium and put the other bleachers over there. It was a good game. I think they should’ve won. It was a good experience.”
Fredrick enjoyed getting to know the other commits that participated in the visit with him. It allowed him to get bond with them in a way he was previously unable.
”It was good,” Fredrick said. “A lot of them were a lot different than me. But that’s how it’s going to be when I get up there. It was good to hang out with my future teammates.”
”For the most part it was talking about how I’m going to fit in when I get up there,” Fredrick said. “I had a meeting with coach Reed, the DB coach. We started going over formations and coverages and plays so I can get a head start.”
Fredrick added he felt comfortable that he could pick up the schemes pretty quickly when he arrives on campus.
As with most prospects, an early commitment does not mean other schools back off. Fredrick has experienced that first hand as Stanford has started showing interest recently.
”Stanford has recently talked to me,” Fredrick said. “I didn’t say much, they just said they would like me to come on a visit and stuff. I haven’t told them yes or no yet. I’m pretty well set (with my decision). But my parents, they actually want me to go. It’s kind of like we have to come to an agreement.”
Fredrick said he plans to decide if he’s going to visit on Wednesday. He added he cannot see any way he would flip his decision after his Syracuse official.