Cali back talks Bama offer

Alabama has used a multi-back system under Nick Saban, with considerable success at that, so the program is able to reach prospects at a national level. Its latest offer at the position was extended Thursday in the state of California, and the four-star broke down what it means to him inside.

Alabama is in position to contend with some of the best running backs in the country for the 2014 cycle, but it sent out another offer on Thursday to enter the race for Royce Freeman.

The Imperial (Calif.) four-star checks in at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, fitting the mold of physical backs that the Crimson Tide covets. He even plays middle linebacker on defense.

"It boosts my confidence a lot knowing a top school in the nation wants to recruit you," he admitted. "As well as the experience with a coach like Nick Saban, it's much appreciated.

"I talked to Coach Saban on the phone for a while today, he delivered the news."

'Bama likes Freeman's size in addition to what he provides off the field.

"I'm a great back within their (type of) system, not only in running behind my pads, but in finding different roles within the offense," he said of what Alabama likes of him. "He (Saban) also talked to people in the surrounding area and in my community and he knows I'm good young man as well."

While having never been to Tuscaloosa or any SEC school for that matter, the California talent knows of the program's prowess at the position.

"They produce many NFL running backs out of their system and their college, that's what I know," he said. "I haven't really been out east. As far as going out there, that's something I'll have to look into. It's something I'll have to take into consideration.

"It's still uncertain whether I'll visit, but it's early."

Before Alabama entered the mix, Freeman was leaning towards a few schools at this point in the process with no timetable for a commitment. He remains as such.

"I'm still kind of on that track," he admitted. "Many people want to wait until their officials are over, but I'm just a guy that plays it by ear.

"Where I feel comfortable, where it feels right, I'll commit there."

The No. 25 running back in America has one visit currently set up.

"I will take one visit, but otherwise I have no schedule," said Freeman. "I'm going to Oregon University later on in June. I talk to Oregon a lot, as well as Coach White from Florida and (coaches) from UCLA.

"I talk to them the most."

Is Alabama, and other notable programs recent to offer, too late?

"I received other late offers, it's just how it is," he explained. "I got USC last week and everything, but I can't hold that against them. They're on their own type of offering mentality, so you can't hold that against them.

"I just have to do my research."

While USC offered last week, the Tide hadn't even been in the picture. All of the interest, beginning with area-recruiter Greg Brown, and eventual offer is brand new to Freeman.

"Just a couple of days, they started talking to me this week. It was surprising," he said. "I didn't think I would have communication with them as far as getting an offer. But I was very humbled by them."

Check out Freeman's work in 2012 in the HD video available below.


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