Three star signal caller Jacob Free has been busy of late, making unofficial visits to Florida State, Alabama, and other power five programs. He also visited Duke earlier this week after the Blue Devils began ramping up their recruiting efforts.
“Duke has been recruiting me for a couple of months,” said Free. “My main recruiting coach has been Coach Roper.”
At 6-foot-3, Free is described by Scout.com as a “big, strong-armed pocket presence who can make plays in many different ways. As a drop-back thrower, he can get the ball down the field or underneath in a hurry. His release is a bit inconsistent, but he can make effective throws from many different angles at the same time. Free is plenty mobile both in the pocket and once he passes the line of scrimmage, using savvy and his long stride. Should he improve on the delivery and show more touch, there won't be many offenses he cannot command at the next level.”
The Blue Devils will almost certainly take a quarterback after losing one time commit Chazz Surratt in the class of 2016. Accordingly, they have begun the evaluation process of many prospects. That will process will ramp up later this month, and this initial visit for Free was a chance for both sides to get to know one another.
“They said they liked my film and that they would be down in the Spring for a visit. When I was on campus I viewed all the football facilities and I had a chance to talk with Coach Roper and Coach Cutcliffe. The new facilities are really nice, especially with the new renovations.”
In those conversations the Duke coaches reiterated what they liked about the film and that they wanted to keep tracking the three-star prospect. However, no offer was extended.
“They really liked the film and my size,” said Free. “They also liked that i have a strong arm and that I’m able not move inside or outside the pocket.”
Currently there’s not timetable for a decision, but Free does have an idea of the major factors that’ll come into play when the time comes.
“I want to go somewhere with good academics and a good football history. Somewhere that I have a real connection with the coaches.”
Free is considered the 24th best QB prospect in the South Region and 60th best in the country according to Scout.com. He has offers from Louisville, Temple, Troy, Western Kentucky, and Florida Atlantic among others. He reports interest from Florida State and Alabama and has visited each recently.