In this installment of The Recruiting Notebook, we meet a talented defender who will join the Canes’ secondary: Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 3-star CB Romanas “OJ” Frederique.
In an effort to continue to restock the secondary, Miami turned their recruiting attention to Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas CB Romanas “OJ” Frederique.
A multitalented player, Frederique first popped on the recruiting scene with a stellar season at Deerfield Beach (FL) HS as a junior in 2022. Playing WR, CB, and on special teams, the 6’0” 178lb Frederique was a standout for a 3-8 team that lost 6 games by a score or less. Very unlucky team.
Playing for South Florida Express 7v7, Frederique continued to show his value on the field. And, in the summer after his junior year, the talented DB transferred from Deerfield Beach to Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas for his senior year.
After earning an offer while visiting Florida State for Junior Day in January. Frederique received an offer from Miami. He then took an unofficial visit to Coral Gables in March....and followed it up by driving to Tallahassee for an unofficial visit to FSU the next day.
While the early recruiting connection was to Miami and FSU, West Virginia was the school to make the first big move with Frederique. They offered a scholarship, and got him on campus for an official visit in June. Frederique committed to the Mountaineers a week after his OV to Morgantown.
But, things were not done. Miami got the talented defender on campus in Coral Gables for an official visit during the loaded June 23rd visit weekend. And, the choice was clear from there. After thinking things over for a week, Frederique flipped his commitment from WVU to Miami on June 30th.
As for his senior year, Frederique started at corner opposite fellow Canes signee DB Ryan Mack for Aquinas, helping the Raiders win their 5th consecutive State Championship. Frederique posted 28 tackles with 10 PBUs on the season, and sprinkled in 4 catches for 67 yards and a TD on offense as well.
On the 247sports composite, Frederique Jr. is a e-star prospect, the #70 CB nationally, #123 in the State of Florida, and #898 player overall in this class.
Frederique Jr. flipped his commitment to Miami after previously being committed to West Virginia.
As A Player
At 6’0” 178lbs, Frederique Jr. has good size for a corner. He could gain some weight to get more into the 185-195lb range, but he’s not dangerously light or anything. Frederique Jr. has long arms, and he uses them well to affect receivers and break up passes.
Frederique Jr’s versatility, having previously played on offense and special teams, will be a value add. Miami is at its best when special teams are a weapon, and Frederique should be able to fashion himself into a dangerous gunner on those units.
Frederique Jr. is a physical tackler on both receivers and running backs. His tough-nosed mentality is good, but he’ll need to add weight to continue to have the same success against bigger players at the college level.
Like his teammate and fellow Miami signee Ryan Mack, Frederique Jr. plays both outside and slot corner for Aquinas. Both spent more than 90% of their time outside, so expect them to start there before trying another position in college.
- Multiple position experience
- Could improve technique
- Will need to get stronger
Note: changed this up from just a freshman-season outlook to a career outlook for each player a couple years ago and we’re continuing that style this year as well.
Frederique Jr. is an interesting prospect, and his combination of height and length should be a benefit to the Canes defense in the years to come.
I think Frederique Jr. should plan on redshirting in 2024 to refine his technique and develop his body. Miami is in a decent place at corner for the immediate term, so he’ll be able to take the time needed to get himself in the best possible situation to contribute in the future.
Frederique should at a minimum be a solid player on special teams. He’ll need to see a bit of development to earn a starting job, but that should be the goal for him by his 3rd year in college, for sure.
That’s it for this installment of The Recruiting Notebook.