February 1, 2011

Position change looming for Fredrick?

Jordan Fredrick, one of 19 players expected to sign a national letter of intent for UW Wednesday afternoon, still isn't sure what position he'll play at the next level. Listed as a defensive back prospect from Madison Memorial, it seems as though linebacker is very much in play, too.

Looking to discuss his signing day plans, BadgerBlitz.com took some time to catch up with Fredrick. The following is a question and answer with the local product.

I guess to start, what are your signing day plans?

Fredrick: I guess my plan is to sign at 8:00 a.m. at my high school. So Wednesday at 8:00.

What are your emotions heading into that day? It's been a long time coming?

Fredrick: Yeah, I mean, it's exciting. It's been a long time since I committed last summer and finally the day has come where I can actually officially sign and say I'm going to be a Badger officially. It's definitely exciting and I'm glad the day is here.

I know you've been a basketball player in the past, was the decision not to play this year football related?

Fredrick: Yeah, it was mostly football related. I just felt going into the season knowing they're a team that goes deep into the playoffs and usually state that it wouldn't end until late March. That was five months that were cutting out time where I could get ready for football season next year. I just thought it would help me develop more if I just started working out now and try to get to the point where I want to be at when I get there this summer.

How are your workouts going right now?

Fredrick: It's going great. I work out at a place called Athletic Republic. It's co-owned by my offensive coordinator from high school so I work out there four days a week. It's going great. I've gained about 15 pounds since the high school season ended and it's all good weight. I'm just excited and it's going good. It's going great.

What's your current weight at?

Fredrick: Almost 230 pounds. I'd say about 227 or 228.

Is the UW coaching staff still projecting you at defensive back?

Fredrick: No. Lately we've been talking linebacker or possibly tight end. We still have to talk about that. When coach Bret Bielema came for the in-home visit we had an open decision. Right now we're leaning towards linebacker but we haven't talked too much. I'm definitely a guy that has diversity and can play multiple positions. Nothing is set yet. When I get there we're going to see where I'm at and go from there.

Are you planning on playing any spring sports?

Fredrick: As of now no, but possibly track. I'm not sure. As of now I'm not taking too much of it. I'll probably just keep working out.

I spent some time talking to some other recruits and they were telling me that they have kept in touch with a lot of the other guys that are set to sign here on Wednesday. Are you keeping in touch with any recruits?

Fredrick: Yeah, some of them. I talk with Derek Landisch every once in a while. I talked to them a lot more during the football season but it's died down a little since the Rose Bowl. I definitely want to keep in touch during the spring and hopefully build a relationship and bond with our class so we can keep going with the tradition that they've set.

Obviously you paid attention to the Badgers this season as they made a Rose Bowl trip. It's got to be exciting knowing you're going to be a part of a team that had that type of success officially on Wednesday and then when you join the team in a couple of months.

Fredrick: Oh yeah, it's exciting. Going into the season not a lot of people thought that Wisconsin would be where they were at the end of the season. It's definitely exciting. It's not a downfall, but it's definitely big shoes to fill with the class that's leaving. That's the exciting part. It's a challenge and I think it's going to be a great opportunity for our class and for everybody that's on the team.

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