When it comes to choosing a place to play, talented defensive end Paul Freeney of Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower wants to make an early choice. With the decision out of the way, his efforts come fall can be focused on the gridiron.
"I want to be committed somewhere before the start of my senior season," said Freeney, who measures up at 6'3" 237-pounds.
The versatile Freeney, who throws the discus and shot put, just wrapped up track and field practices and started spring football workouts Monday. He's also a playground regular, running basketball games to help his agility and vertical leap.
On the gridiron he has a clear-cut role.
"I've never played offense," he said. "I've been lining up at DE ever since I started playing. That's what I love most – getting after the quarterback, going full speed, on a pass rush. I think I had 15 or 16 sacks last season and I want more this year."
Another disruptive force: Tennessee Titan pass rusher Jevon Kearse. Freeney named "The Freak" as his favorite NFL player and said he compares his game to Kearse's.
"We're both real big but quick, too," he said. "(I like) the way that he's physical against the run but still gets after it in passing situations."
At the Houston MSL camp he posted on of the better times in the cone drills and benched 185 pounds 18 times. The effort was impressive enough for Kansas and Oklahoma to tender verbal offers. Freeney is still waiting to hear from the Noles and Aggies.
Freeney said he plans to take both the ACT and SAT in the coming summer months.