BLOG: UMass hosting former Syracuse running back Jordan Fredericks on an official visit

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Published: 2/24/2017 9:09:51 PM

AMHERST – Jordan Fredericks, who was Syracuse’s leading rusher in 2015, could be in the UMass backfield in 2018.

The 5-foot-10, 209-pound Inwood, N.Y. native 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 whereever he ends up.

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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