The decision in December by the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) to eliminate its football program has now had a trickle effect on the University of South Dakota.
Michael Fredrick, a 2-star running back from Hialeah, Florida, had verbally committed to UAB last summer. But with that school without a football program, Fredrick verbally committed Friday to the University of South Dakota.
Fredrick, a 5-foot-10, 173-pound back, guided Champagnat Catholic High School (located in Miami) to a state championship in 2013 as a junior.
Commitments are not binding until an athlete signs its National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day, which is Feb. 4.