BLOG: Former Syracuse RB Jordan Fredericks set to join UMass football team

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Published: 3/4/2017 3:17:43 PM

Former Syracuse running back Jordan Fredericks has decided to become a Minuteman.

The Inwood, New York native, who visited UMass Feb. 24-25, made his announcement on Instagram, Saturday. Under a picture of him in a UMass No. 1 jersey, with Minuteman special teams coach Mark Michaels and running backs coach Darrius Smith he wrote:

“God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and a whole lot of faith... BUT ITS WORTH THE WAIT. #UmassRB”

The 5-foot-10, 209-pound back decided to transfer after completing his sophomore season in the fall and is taking an official visit to UMass this weekend.

Fredericks will have to sit out the 2017 season under NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2018. At that point, Marquis Young, who has led UMass in rushing each of the past two seasons, will be a senior.

Fredericks, who was the 2014 Gatorade State High School Player of the Year in New York, started as a true freshman in 2015 and rushed 107 times for 607 yards and four touchdowns. He caught six passes for 55 yards and one touchdown.

New coach Dino Babers didn’t use him as much in 2016. He had just 28 carries for 139 yards.

UMass lacks depth at running back after John Robinson-Woodgett graduated and Sekai Linsday and Peyton Pickett both left the program. The Minutemen didn’t add a running back on senior day.

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