Top Junior OL Goes Public with Offer

One of the top junior offensive linemen in South Carolina can finally talk publicly about his offer from the Clemson Tigers. Where does the Palmetto standout stand his commitment timing? CUTigers.com has the latest in this recruiting update.

OL Dalton Freeman Profile

Pelion junior offensive lineman Dalton Freeman is finally able to talk publicly about his offer from the Clemson Tigers.

"I went public with my offer last week," Freeman told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "Coach Scott offered me over the summer but we kept it quiet until last week. Coach Scott decided at the game I could go ahead and make it public. It feels a lot better. I was already excited. I wanted people to know. It was hard because I was proud of myself, but couldn't tell anyone.

"I also have offers from Duke and Middle Tennessee. South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest have picked up interest in the past month. They are all thinking serious now. I am getting more text messages. Now that I have made Clemson offer public I am sure I may get some others."

Although the Tigers still hold a big lead for his services, Freeman is not yet ready to make a commitment.

"I am not real sure yet," he said. "I want to let it ride a little. The earliest I will commit will be this spring. Otherwise it will be during the season. I want to me 100 percent sure before I make my commitment."

The talented lineman is not sure if he will attend any camps this summer.

"I probably won't go to any camps," Freeman said. "Unless I want to go be around coach Scott and see more about how he coaches. That is probably where I will end up so I could camp there to just be around him."

Freeman also says he is talking frequently with some of the other top junior offensive lineman from South Carolina.

"Kenneth Page (A.C. Flora) and I are getting to be good friends," he said. "We have been texting each other every now and then. He really likes Clemson right now also. He is real athletic. He can play offense or defense."

Now that his junior season is over, Freeman has turned his attention to the weight room.

"I am working a lot in the weight room. I am also on a diet to gain some weight," he said. "I am eating six or seven small meals a day. I want to put on weight the right way. I am working real hard trying to build more muscle mass. I am about 260 right now and would love to be about 285 going into college."

As the recruiting process heats up for many of the state's top juniors, don't be surprised to see Freeman pick up many more scholarship offers along the way. Still, Freeman maintains that his relationship with Clemson offensive line coach Brad Scott will be key in his final decision.

"He is a great guy," he said. "The best thing about him is he would be my position coach. He would be pretty much like my second dad when I get there. Knowing he is recruiting me and would be my coach is very important. I can't think of anyone else from Wake Forest, Tennessee or Carolina that will be my position coach at the next level."

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