Thursday, December 26, 2013
ESPN 300 Freeman talks UA, top two
By Damon Sayles
As ESPN 300 safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) gets closer to making a decision, the recruiting process gets more and more outrageous.
And it’s not because of the coaches, Freeman said.
“The random number calling and texting,” Freeman said, referring to reporters and team site representatives from multiple recruiting boards. “Everybody’s trying to find out what I’m doing. It’s crazy.”
Safety Edwin Freeman, No. 106 in the ESPN 300, lists Texas and Texas A&M as his top schools.
For a player of Freeman’s caliber, the popularity comes with the territory. Freeman is the nation’s seventh-ranked safety and ranked No. 106 in the latest ESPN 300. Freeman’s focus for the weekend, however, will be on having some fun in Florida, as he prepares for the Under Armour All-America Game.
“Making it to the Under Armour game, it’s something you dream about,” Freeman said. “Playing against the best players in the nation, it’s going to be exciting.”
There has been talk of Freeman announcing his decision at the UA game. Freeman said it’s a possibility, but nothing has been set in stone. Freeman has Texas and Texas A&M as his top two schools, and while he was happy to see Kevin Sumlin reach a long-term deal with the Aggies, he’s waiting on who the Longhorns will hire to replace Mack Brown, who will resign after the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Now at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Freeman is a hard-hitting safety who has the explosiveness and versatility of being a hybrid safety-linebacker type at the next level. Freeman’s played both positions at the high school level, and while he’ll admit to playing both spots in college, he does have an idea of where he would prefer to play.
“I can play both, but safety’s where my heart’s at,” he said. “Texas A&M is saying outside linebacker, and Texas was saying safety before Mack Brown resigned. I can play both, though.”
Both schools hold a lot of weight to Freeman. Texas A&M was his first offer, and playing in the SEC is something he thinks about. Texas, however, has been a childhood favorite. Freeman said his decision will come from where he feels he fits best, in addition to a coaching staff that he feels is best for him.
In the meanwhile, Freeman said his mind currently is on one thing.
“I’m ready for Florida,” he said. “I’m still thinking about [deciding], but I’m ready to play.”