RB Royce Freeman flashes big time talent

Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman has quietly established himself as one of the top prospects in the region and is easily among the top power backs in the nation.

Royce Freeman is a load at 6-0, 225 pounds but has good speed and is surprisingly light on his feet for a big back. He's quick hitting the hole, can change direction and get downhill. He runs with considerable power and definitely knows how to finish off a run.

Freeman has rushed for over 2,000 yards the past two seasons and went for 2,482 yards and 34 touchdowns this past season. Critics will point out Freeman's competition isn't the highest in the state but his size, running style and athleticism all translate very well to the next level and he projects as an elite prospect.

On the recruiting front, Freeman had early offers from Washington and Oregon State and has landed four more in the last two weeks.

"Arizona is my most recent offer," Freeman said. "I also have Tennessee, Arkansas and California. I'm planning to go to USC's Junior Day this weekend and I also want to camp at Oregon over the summer.

"I don't have any favorites right now but there are some schools that would be great to get an offer from. I've always liked Notre Dame, USC and Oregon, those would be three big offers for me but I'm open to everyone right now and I'm not leaning anywhere."

As for what he's looking for in a school?

"I want to have a really solid relationship with my position coach," Freeman said. "I want to play for a team that has a chance to win and has a winning tradition. Depth chart matters a little, I don't mind competing but I want to make sure there's not a huge logjam at my position.

"I would love to play early, that would be big for me but if I have to redshirt, that's fine too. As for location, that used to be a factor for me but not any more. I'm just looking for the best opportunity for me and if I have to leave home for that, I have no problem doing it."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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