Tigers Lead Early for Top 2008 SC OL

One of the top junior offensive linemen in South Carolina is already receiving interest from several top programs around the southeast. The frequent visitor to Clemson also has the Tigers in the lead as he prepares for his junior season. Could he be looking for early verbal commitment? CUTigers.com takes a look at that very question in this recruiting update!

OL Dalton Freeman Profile

6-6, 260 pound offensive line prospect Dalton Freeman out Pelion High School in Pelion, S.C. is already getting early interest from a number of top schools. "I don't have any offers yet. But I am hearing from Clemson, Tennessee, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia and Penn State," Freeman told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

Freeman, a rising junior, has already familarized himself with the recruiting process and plans to unofficially visit Clemson early next month.

"Right now I am going up on July 7," he said. "I am going up with my dad and my mom. I plan to meet with coach Scott and hopefully Tommy Bowden. Coach Scott told me he wasn't sure if coach Bowden would be on vacation or not."

The Pelion standout attended three games last fall in Death Valley and also attended the Orange & White game in April. "Yeah I was at the spring game earlier this year," he said. "Coach Scott told me they are very interested in me. He wants me to keep working hard in the offseason. He told me he wants me to be a tackle or guard one day for the Tigers."

Clemson has not yet offered Freeman a scholarship, but that should change during the coming months. "Coach Scott talked with me and my dad at spring practice. He told me it would probably be during the season. He made me feel like an offer would come," Freeman said.

Would the talented lineman commit on the spot if offered by the Tigers? "I really like Clemson a lot," he responded. "I am not sure if I would be ready to verbally commit or not. I went up to the Wake invitational camp. I like it up there also. Clemson is definitely my number one."

Freeman has already set some goals for his junior year. "I want to be able to improve every game," said Freeman. "I want to grade out in the 90's every game this year. I want to get my bench press up to 350 by the end of the season. I also want to get stronger and faster."

The star lineman has also shown great versatility in his first two years of high school football. "I am going to play left guard this year. I played center my freshman year and guard last year. I am right handed and broke my thumb my freshman year, so I played center left handed. Coach Scott likes the fact that I have also played center," he added.

As it stands now, Freeman will likely be the No. 1 ranked offensive lineman in the 2008 recruiting class in South Carolina. As a sophomore, he graded out at 92 percent for the year while also recording 34 knockdowns and 18 pancake blocks.

CUTigers.com will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding offensive lineman from South Carolina, right up through signing day.

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