About Devonta Freeman
In an age where we have eighth graders(Sony Michel and Kelvin Taylor) running for big yardage and four year varsity starters(Mike Bellamy), Freeman is on a different schedule. The rising senior has had to wait his turn at the powerful Miami Central program. He was very productive in limited opportunities as a junior sitting being Brandon Gainer(Kentucky).
According to The Miami Herald Freeman ran for 545 yards on 70 carries(7.8 ypc) and added six catches for 88 yards as a junior.
Three things jump out about Freeman the player: he rarely goes down on first contact(runs hard), he has great balance, and he has light feet which enables him to make precise cuts. At 5'9, 190 he possesses good size and while not a burner, his acceleration is terrific to go with quality speed.
There is little question that he will establish himself as one of the best backs in South Florida this year and Central has their eyes set on the grand prize--the coveted 6A state title.
Central runs a wide open, shotgun based attack, so Freeman will be asked to be part blocker, part receiver, and to provide the big plays on the ground for the Rocket's. There are flashes on game film where Freeman will step up and just stone pass rushers as a blocker. This is another area that certainly will impress Coach Eddie Gran.
Where he Fits at Florida State
This is the second running back commitment for FSU, Freeman joins First Coast's Eric Beverly in the 2011 class. There is some question as to Beverly's future after he sustained a knee injury and he will miss his senior season.
Only time will tell how Freeman's commitment affects Beverly, but it is not expected that FSU is done recruiting the position. Plant's James Wilder and Carver's Isaiah Crowell both remain priorities, albeit two that are longshots.
The Noles only signed Debrale Smiley in 2010 and he enters as a sophomore. Freeman and Beverly represent the next wave of FSU RBs. Both are talented inside runners with power. Freeman is a little lighter, but he has the better jets and is capable of getting big chunks of yardage.
It is becoming clear that FSU will likely have much of their class wrapped up by the start of the season.