Offered by the Badgers after last week's high school camp, Fredrick debated for one week before picking Wisconsin over Iowa to play his college football, becoming the sixth member of Wisconsin's 2010 class, all of which are from the Badger State.
Playing his high school football at Madison Memorial, Fredrick (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) registered roughly 60-some tackles, 30 of which were solo stops, 23 knockdowns and nine interceptions, giving the UW coaches the flexibility to have him play linebacker of defensive back.
Badger Nation: Your decision was down between Iowa and Wisconsin. Was it as simple as playing closer to home or were there some other things that went into it?
Fredrick: No, it was definitely a hard decision. After learning more about Iowa, it came down to if I was going to fill comfortable with the Wisconsin coaches. I got along well with the coaches at Iowa and I really hadn't been talking to the Wisconsin coaches that much. That's why I was looking forward to camp. Over the last week, everything clicked. The coaches were great, I felt comfortable there and it's a place I can definitely be for five years. When it came down to it, I just felt comfortable at Wisconsin and that was the deciding factor.
Badger Nation: What was the big debate over the past week? As soon as Wisconsin offered and you developed that connection, was that decision made for you or did you still go back and forth with the choice?
Fredrick: No, I wasn't sure right when they offered. Like I said, Iowa was looking like a great place. When Wisconsin offered, it was definitely between those two schools. I sat down and really thought about the pros and cons both academically and athletically. The city of Madison is great and I just felt comfortable wanting to stay here.
Badger Nation: What was the response from the coaching staff when you called and told them that you wanted to be a member of the Badgers?
Fredrick: I called Coach Bielema first this morning and he was with some family or something. I thought about calling yesterday, but I didn't want to interrupt anything with the holiday. He sounded very happy. It's something that everyone felt good about.
Badger Nation: Wisconsin offered you as a linebacker/defensive back. Now that you have committed, has there been any clarity to what position you will be starting at for Wisconsin?
Fredrick: No. I am not sure yet. I am thinking we are going to start at either outside linebacker or safety. It could become more definite over time because I can get bigger and they might look at me and see an outside linebacker. Once I start playing the safety position more, I might feel more comfortable and I could see myself there easily. It's going to take some time and anything could happen or change. I am ready to play anything as long as I am helping the team and playing something I am good at.
Badger Nation: What's the big thing you are feeling now with your recruitment behind you, you will be playing close to home and everybody is going to be able to come and see you play?
Fredrick: I am pretty excited. Right now, I have to focus on my senior season of high school. That's the most important year for any high school athlete. I want to play great next season but after that, I just want to get ready to play college football. It's going to be great to be able to play for the Badgers in my home town. I am going to focus on being a good college student athlete.