This past season was a strong showing for junior LB/S prospect Charles Freeman of Mauldin High School. The 6'1 201 pound prospect showed flexibility by playing out of position on the defensive line for the Mavericks coaching staff. He'll move back to either linebacker or safety on the next level though with tremendous strength, speed, and athleticism. We caught up with the playmaking prospect to talk about his junior season and and where things stand regarding his recruitment.
Mauldin finished the season 4-7 on the year but despite a losing record there were plenty of positives for the young Mavericks squad. With Freeman and a host of others returning next season things look bright for next year.
"I finished the season with 31 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 interception, 18 hurries, 3 force fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 safety."
His play on the field earned him quite a few honors along the way too.
"I received the Maverick Award and was named to the All-Greenville County Team."
Looking back on his junior season Freeman says one game in particular was easily his best of the year.
"My best game would have been against J.L Mann High School. I had 7 solo tackles and 3 sacks in that game."
Freeman lined up "mostly at defensive tackle" for the Mavericks this year but when asked about switching positions on the next level he had this to say.
"Yes I think I can make a pretty smooth transition to either outside linebacker or safety."
With 4.6 speed Freeman is fast enough but he's still learning proper technique to lower his 40 yard dash times. He's a big time performer in the weight room with maxes of 255 pounds (bench press), 415 pounds (squat), 255 pounds (power clean), and a 10 foot broad jump. The explosiveness and strength are proof positive of his athletic abilities and they are traits that he recognizes as his best right now. Freeman says he'll be hitting the road this off season to participate in multiple camps and combines to show coaches that he's a definite prospect to be reckoned with.
In order to get better this off season the 2014 prospect says he'll work more on technique, reading defenses, and taking better angles on tackles.
Playing on the defensive line he saw plenty of tough competition but in his opinion it's a familiar face that provided him with his toughest challenge.
"Going up against Christopher Sullivan, my teammate, was the toughest guy I saw. Especially going up against him everyday in practice."
Next year Freeman made it very concise in clear what his goals are for his Mavericks squad.
"I want to make it to the playoffs."
On a personal level Freeman says he'd like to finish up strong on and off the field and be able to take his talents to the collegiate level. When asked what he'll weigh the most when choosing a college he said that getting a good education will take precedence in his decision making process.
So far Missouri has been the one major school to show Freeman interest. He's been invited to attend some of their camps but he's looking forward to hearing from any and all suitors moving forward he told us.
"I'd like to hear from anybody that's interested in me right now."
We'll have Freeman's junior season film soon and we'll keep you posted about his recruitment so stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com!
A CLOSER LOOK...CHARLES FREEMAN
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite music artist: The Notorious B.I.G
Favorite movie: Notorious
Favorite subject in school: English
Dream school: Clemson