Name: Christopher Frederick
Hometown: Conley, Ga.
High School: Cedar Grove
2014 Stats: He had 74 tackles including 6.0 for a loss and made four interceptions for the Saints. That earned him all-region and All-State First Team honors in Georgia's Class AAA
2015 Projections: Frederick begins the season as the third stringer at strong safety, but it's obviously a pretty fluid situation. The defense lost eight starters so the opportunity is certainly there if Frederick can impress the coaching staff. Both of SU's starters at safety (Antwan Cordy at SS and Chauncy Scissum at FS) are newcomers to the lineup and another pair of freshmen fill in as the backups. Plus, Frederick played corner at times at Cedar Grove and said SU coaches told him he could see time there in college.
How'd He Get Here: He verbally committed to Syracuse even without visiting campus, becoming yet another Georgia recruit to come north. Frederick told Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey that the combination of SU's coaching staff, academics and opportunity to play early were the key factors in his decision. SU beat Cincinnati, Minnesota and Mississippi State for Frederick, who also drew some late interest from Stanford.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Three stars from Scout, Rivals and ESPN.
Money Quote: "I was going to commit earlier, but I was waiting on my parents because they weren't sure about me going that far to school," Fredrick said. "I chose Syracuse because they're great academically and I believe if I go in and work hard, I'm going to be able to play early."
Links of Wonder: Scout - Fredrick details 'Cuse pledge
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What Does Scott Shafer Think Of Him: Nothing publicly, yet.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Frederick runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, played basketball and ran on his high school's 4-x-400 relay team.
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