Big Time In-State RB Talks Duke Interest

The plan appears to be for Duke to land at least one more running back prospect in the class of 2016. One of the top players on the board is in-state back, CJ Freeman out of the Greensboro, NC area. We spoke with Freeman about Duke’s early interest and more.

The plan appears to be for Duke to land at least one more running back prospect in the class of 2016. One of the top playd more. At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds with a 4.49 forty time on the books, Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford standout running back C.J. Freeman is a prototypical college backfield prospect.

“I’m an all-purpose back on the field,” said Freeman. “I can do almost anything on offense. I can block, go down field as a receiver, and I’ve line up at quarterback multiple times to take snaps.”

Throw in high major production that includes 1,950 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season and it’s clear why so many power five conference schools are interested.

“Right now I have offers from Virginia Tech and South Carolina. I’m also getting interest from Duke, Auburn, Louisville, Tennessee, NC State, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, Ole Miss, Purdue, North Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and Mississippi State.”

In addition to leading Northern Guilford deep into the NCHSAA playoffs, Freeman has been able to take a number of recruiting visits as well.

“I’ve visited Duke, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Louisville, and South Carolina. I admit I did a double take when I went do some of the SEC schools…it was just the size and the atmosphere there.”

“When I’ve taken these visits I’ve really been comparing the atmosphere, playing style, and coaching staffs. I also am looking at my first impressions of the programs too. I want to see how easy and comfortable I feel when I’m at a college for the first time.”

Freeman had a chance to visit Durham for Duke’s Thursday night game against North Carolina in late November. While on campus he had a chance to catch up with his recruiting coach, tour the facilities, and generally learn more about the Blue Devils.

“I talked to Coach Boyette and Coach Collins who has been my recruiting coach. Coach Boyette is my position coach, and we all have a pretty good relationship. Coach Boyette came to my school this week to talk to me further about things. I know that Duke really likes me and they have been after me for a while.”

It’s very early, but Freeman does admit that Boyette and Collins’ approach has been direct at times.

“They’ve talked to me about how my season has gone and then they’ll tell me how much they would love to have me as a part of their program. They’ve told me I am a real focus for them at running back in the 2016 recruiting class.”

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