Chris Freeman is a massive individual, as he is listed at 6'9" and 340 pounds. While Chris only has one year of football experience, his size and potential has led to over 30 schools offering him a scholarship. His frame and good feet are the tools that have allowed him to gain the attention, and it's something that he is excited to be going through.
"This recruiting thing is fun. It's exciting how it's coming so fast. This is a new thing to me but I am just trying to have fun with it. I have 30something offers from schools like LSU, Florida State, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Miami, Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon, UCLA and Texas Tech just to name a few."
One school that has been doing very well on the recruiting trail has been Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been able to pick and choose who they want from their home state, and Freeman is a guy who they are evaluating at this time. He told NoleDigest that an offer from the Buckeyes doesn't make them the favorite.
"I liked Ohio State when I was younger, but I am trying to be patient with this thing. An offer doesn't mean I'll go there or anything like that. They haven't offered and they are waiting for me to go to their 3 day camp. I'm giving all of the schools who are recruiting me an equal chance because when I make my decision it's going to be final. I don't want to commit to one school then on signing day say I'm going somewhere different."
Florida State is a school that recently offered the talented left tackle. He says that while he hasn't gotten the chance to speak with the coaches directly, the Seminoles are a school he has interest in. If all goes to plan he hopes to be making a visit to FSU over the next several weeks.
"Florida State has history and good coaches there so I want to get down there and check them out. I'm going to Illinois and Wisconsin and after that I am heading down south to check out schools like LSU, FSU, Tennessee and Florida. My old teammate Brandon Moore was recruited to FSU and I spoke to a few coaches then who said they were going to recruit me. Most of the correspondence has been between the coaches at my high school and the coaches at FSU. My coaches tell me what they say about me. I don't know a lot about them, but my father tells me about the great past they've had."
Freeman says that he plans on going through the process and take all 5 of his official visits. The unofficials he takes this summer will go a long way in helping him make his decision, especially due to the fact he knows what he is looking for in his school of choice.
"I want to go through these unofficial visits, narrow it down to 6 and then head into my season ready to make my 5 official visits. Even though I just started playing football I love it, and I think I have a good future as a left tackle. I want to find a school that has good left tackle tradition, is a good college town with great fan support and a place that has loud crowds. Distance won't be a factor for me; I'm just looking for the basic things honestly."
Chris told NoleDigest that he plans on focusing on football only in college, but feels like the game has helped him grow into the player he is on the gridiron.
"After my senior year of basketball I am going to let go of that dream. I think it has helped me stay in shape and helped me with my footwork. Playing the post, sitting low and getting position has helped me too. We started workouts today and I plan on hitting it hard all summer."
Freeman is pretty open to the process at this time. Until he takes his unofficial visits this summer he isn't sure what schools stand out to him at this time. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for a post-visit update with Chris as we track his progress through his senior season.