Defensive End Has the Frame to Get Bigger

Signing 300-pound defensive linemen during the recruiting process looks impressive on paper and sometimes it works out on the field as well. All too often though, prep players around the 300-pound mark end up fighting to keep their weight down during their college careers. Finding prospects with the frame to get larger provides greater control over the weight gains made on a college strength and conditioning program. One such prospect has good athleticism on a 6-foot-4 frame.

Richard Freeman, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, has the frame to get larger and the work ethic to get it done in the weight room. In time, Freeman could end up as a 250-pound defensive end or a 280-pound defensive tackle. Of course, Freeman could also end up a 260-pound tight end if the offensive coaches can get him on their side of the ball.

Through nine games, Freeman has recorded 56 tackles, nine sacks, and four fumbles caused. On offense, Freeman has spent limited time as both a fullback and a tight end. His play has already garnered two scholarship offers and several other programs are taking a long look.

"Alabama and Vanderbilt have offered me scholarships," said Freeman. "I'm also getting calls from Ole Miss, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, and Louisville."

Brentwood High School is currently 8-1 and driving toward the state playoffs. Freeman is waiting until after the Bruins' season is complete before moving forward in the recruiting process. However, he has set an official visit to Tuscaloosa.

"I'm just trying to have fun during my last season and win a state championship," said Freeman. "I have set a visit to Alabama for January 11th but I'm really waiting until after the season before concentrating on recruiting."

Freeman has family ties to Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Vanderbilt but no favorite college football team. Consequently, Freeman is open to the recruiting process but he does have his criteria set.

"I'm looking at the football program, the coaches, and academics," said Freeman.

Academic concerns come as no surprise as Freeman maintains a 3.75 grade point average while taking honors classes. He has also scored a 25 on the ACT.

"Richard is a super kid," said Brentwood High School Head Coach Jack Daniels. "He's an Eagle Scout and a hard worker."

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