Freeman Offered a Free Ride

BYU continues to make early scholarship offers with the most recent one going to an All-State offensive line recruit from Utah County. While many schools from around the nation are interested in this prospect, TBS learned which schools interest him.

Ryan Freeman is a 6'4", 275-pound offensive/defensive line recruit from Orem High School. Freeman was a consensus All-State first team selection as a junior and looks to improve upon that as he works toward his senior campaign this coming year.

"I just want to do better as a team this year," said Freeman. "We're a little sick of Timpview winning all the games and getting all the attention down here. I just want to go to State and go far in the playoffs."

Freeman played the past season at left tackle, but looks to make the switch inside to offensive guard this coming year. "My coaches want some more size and muscle inside," said Freeman. "That's the main reason for the switch, but I also feel that guard or center is where I'll probably play at the next level. Making the switch inside will probably help me out more as I prepare to play in college."

Is playing at the next level a realistic possibility for this all-stater? The volume of letters and the offers Freeman has already received point heavily toward many opportunities to play college football.

"It seems as if every day we're getting a letter from someone," said Ryan's father, Dave Freeman. "I've had two other sons who were recruited out of high school, so I'm familiar with the process, but Ryan is definitely getting more attention than my other two sons did at this point."

One of those sons would be Eric Freeman who just finished spring practice for the Cougars at offensive guard. "Playing with my brother at BYU would be great," said Ryan. "He loves Coach Mendenhall and where the program is going. He helps me out a lot just working out with him and I'm able to find out a lot about BYU's program through him."

Freeman is currently receiving letters from just about every Pac-10 school including Oregon, Arizona State, Cal, Washington, Stanford along with schools like Notre Dame, Colorado State, Utah, Boise State, BYU, Georgia Tech and Purdue.

"BYU, Arizona State and Oregon are probably recruiting me the hardest at this point," said Freeman. "They've all talked with my coaches and I'm receiving a lot of letters from those three schools. It's exciting that so many schools have taken an interest in me."

But the schools aren't just merely sending letters as BYU recently offered Freeman a scholarship joining with Arizona State in that regard. Freeman is aware that offers are often scarce at this point and values both offers very highly.

"To be offered by BYU was just a dream come true for me," he said. "But now I have an offer from Arizona State as well and hopefully more will come. I like BYU a lot, having my brother play there and having them so close is very attractive to me, but I'm going to wait and see what offers come in and then I'll decide."

One of the primary reasons Freeman has received so much attention early on is that he ran a 5.0 forty as a junior weighing well over 270. "I feel I'm pretty mobile for my size," said Freeman. "I move around pretty well and that will definitely help me at the next level. I want to get even faster and run under 5 seconds at the camps this coming summer."

Dave Freeman feels that his son's speed and mobility might suit him best for the defensive line in college. "He's fast and quick off of the ball," Dave said. "I know he feels that he'll play offensive line in college and most schools talk to him most about playing offensive line, but defense could be an option for him as he's well-suited to play both sides of the ball."

Freeman has definite plans to camp at BYU this summer. He recently attended BYU's junior day. He will also compete at the NIKE camp in Oregon and is deciding between attending Washington or Notre Dame's camp at this point. "I just want to improve my skills this summer as much as possible and learn from the best at the camps," said Freeman.

Freeman is LDS and has definite mission plans. "I want to go to a school that will respect my mission plans since that's definitely something I'm planning on doing", said Freeman. "I want to go to a good school with a winning tradition that will respect my plans to serve a mission. I like BYU a lot, but I also like ASU. I'm just going to wait until all my options come in and then go from there. I'm in no hurry to make a final decision."

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