Taking his Show on the Road

Determine to prove that he's top division one material, Walworth prep lineman Travis Frederick is hitting the road and showcasing his skills in four separate states across the Midwest, saving his best for last with the Badgers.

Walworth Big Foot offensive lineman Travis Frederick knew that his hard work was going to eventually pay off. Constantly in the gym working on his core strength and his agility, it was only a matter of time until that first scholarship offer came to his doorstep.

Early in the recruiting process, that offer came from the Air Force.

"It was very exciting when the coach called and told me that they had a full scholarship for me," Frederick told Badger Nation. "It was extremely gratifying because you work so hard in your seasons and off season, hoping that you get that first call."

A couple of weeks after the Air Force extended an offer, the Navy followed suit and Frederick had two offers to mull over. By the end of June, however, it is distinctly possible that Frederick could have quite a few more.

Harvard, Iowa, Minnesota, Princeton, North Dakota State and South Dakota State all have shown interest and in the next week, Frederick is going to four summer camps - Minnesota (June 14), Iowa (15-17), North Dakota State (18-20) and finally Wisconsin (22-24) – and hopes to gain plenty of knowledge from his week-long tour throughout the Midwest.

"First of all, I want to learn something that I'll be able to bring back for my season year and make my team better," he said. "Second of all, I want to see all the campuses a little more and know the coaching staffs a little bit better. I want to see how they coach me and how I can react to their coaching. It would be great to get an offer but I am not banking on anything. I would just like to know where I stand with each school because the more information I get, the better my decision will be."

Playing primarily the tackle in high school, Frederick was versatile enough to play the guard position on plays where he needed to roll out to the right. Possessing solid footwork, Frederick was a vital part to Big Foot's offense last season.

"Coaches say that I carry my weight well and that I am not top heavy like some linemen," he said. "I feel that I am good with my feel and am fairly strong. I feel that one of strengths is that I am pretty smart on the field. I don't make a lot of mistakes and if I do make a mistake, I only make it once. I need to get faster with my 40 and I train to get quicker three days a week."

Frederick reports running the 40 in 5.4, can bench 375 pounds and squat an outstanding 630 pounds, a lift that has always come natural to him.

"I came in my freshman year squatting 450 pounds and having never squatted before," Frederick said. "I kind of fell in love with the squat and I love working on it. I am trying to get my bench up to 400 but I still squat twice a week and work real hard at it."

With it still being early in the process, Frederick said that it's unlikely he will commit to a school this summer; that he will probably wait until after his football season so he can focus on his senior campaign.

"I want to focus on my senior season so I will try and commit either before the season or after," Frederick said. "I want to see what is out there for me."

Awards:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel honorable-mention all-state, Wisconsin State Journal honorable-mention all-area, all-Walworth County, first-team all-conference and Rock Valley Conference Lineman of the Year as a sophomore.

WFCA first-team all-state, Associated Press second-team all-state, Wisconsin State Journal first-team all-area, first-team all-conference and Rock Valley Conference Lineman of the Year after his junior year. Frederick earned WFCA honorable-mention all-state and first-team all-conference honors after totaling 53 tackles and 12 tackles for loss on the defensive line.


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