RB Royce Freeman Talks Stanford

Imperial, Calif. RB Royce Freeman could be the latest in a line of bruising power backs for Stanford, though the Cardinal appear to be in an uphill battle in this recruitment. Read on for more.

Scout rates California's Royce Freeman a three-star running back, and that's relatively stingy. 247's composite rankings, which average the major services' views, have Freeman at four stars and just outside the top 250 nationally.

Florida and Florida State, recruiting powers clear across the country, are among the nearly 20 programs the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker/running back reports to have offered. Most of the Pac-12 has offered, including USC (May 15), and the Cardinal.

"[Stanford] entered like a month ago," Royce Freeman told The Bootleg. "Coach Anderson stopped by my school before. Then they came by and presented me with an offer.

"They were late but weren't too late."

Indeed, though the Cardinal only have been courting Freeman for a short time, he does know what he likes about the school.

?"[I like] their style of offense, everything they do, from their school to their play on the field," he said. "It's a really well-rounded school."

Freeman clarified that he appreciates that the Cardinal run a physical yet effective pro-style offense. He adds, however, that he's not only big, but versatile enough to thrive in any offense. His actions back up the boast: though Stanford and Oregon have both offered, the back is definitively visiting only the school with the unconventional attack.

"I'm just going to keep in contact with the Stanford coaches to see if that's the school I'd like to visit. I'll wait it out and weigh my options.

"They've done their job talking to me and expressed an interest. It's a decision I have to make, if I want to go there to visit. They've definitely expressed an interest.

"I'm on a schedule to go up to Eugene for a camp and to visit their school. That was set a while ago. There's nothing else, so I'll play it by ear."

Imperial County is the southeast-most county in California, nearly a nine-hour drive to the Farm and about 3.5 hours from Los Angeles. Freeman has been to UCLA for a game and to a Junior Day at USC. The Trojans offered him on Wednesday.

Freeman says comfort, not distance, will ultimately drive his decision.

"It's wherever I feel comfortable and the people around me, if they're great people and I can be there the next four or five years in that environment. Just the people around me, the school, the atmosphere. Every running back wants to come in, compete and earn that starting job as soon as possible. And then just an established program that is stable and knows how to win games." "

Freeman reports a 3.44 overall GPA and is awaiting his SAT results, though he is optimistic he did well. He hopes to study sports management, business or kinesthiology in college.

"I'm surrounded by great people who help me day in, day out with this process, and I'm blessed to have this opportunity," Freeman said. "I'm going to enjoy it, whether I make a decision early or later on."

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