Unlike some other prospects at this week's Houston Nutt Football Camp, Paris tight end Grant Freeman doesn't have to worry about impressing the University of Arkansas coaches in hopes of getting a scholarship offer.
That's because Freeman (6-7, 255, 4.9) not only already has his offer, but was the first 2007 prospect that committed to the Razorbacks. He did so the day after the 2006 national signing date.
"I am going to be trying to show I got my offer for a reason," said Freeman, one of over 500 players that registered Sunday afternoon for the camp that goes through Wednesday morning. "I may have it, but I want to go out and show it. I am just going to show everybody that I belong here."
Freeman has been getting a lot of love from Razorbacks fans since he decided to choose the Razorbacks over Oklahoma State and some other schools.
"People are always coming up to me, asking me about it, wondering why I did it so early," Freeman said. "I just tell them ‘why not? It is where I have always wanted to go. There are still a few schools calling me or sending me letters, but there is no doubt I am going to be a Razorback."
Freeman is fully healthy now after a 2005 season that started out with an injury and ended 8-3 with him catching 12 passes for 210 yards, 4 touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions in the Eagles' run-oriented offense.
"I feel really good, 100 percent," Freeman said. "I am looking forward to having a great summer and great senior season."
Freeman, a tremendous blocker with great hands, expects to see many more passes thrown his way during the 2006 season.
"I think we are going to try and throw it a lot more this year," Freeman said. "Our line is a lot bigger this year so we should have plenty of time to throw. We are going to spread it out and throw some more."
Freeman has gotten a little rest since school has been out, but is ready to turn his attention back to football.
"The summer's started out kind of slow for me, but I am about to get to work," Freeman said. "I am looking forward to being in camp this week and then just pushing on from there."
Freeman would like to improve a few facets of his game this summer – one in particular.
"I am going to try and get stronger and faster and am really going to work on my foot speed," Freeman said. "That is the number one thing I want to work on."
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