Freeman discusses UO decision

Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman has chosen his school and will be headed north to Eugene.

Oregon picked up its eighth verbal commitment on Friday in the form of 5-foot-11.5, 227-pound Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman.

The four-star back told eDuck.com that it was not an easy decision between his top three choices in Oregon, USC and UCLA.

"At first it was really tough," Freeman said. "But, I took some time to think about it and looked at where I saw myself and where I wanted to be surrounded by over the next four or five years."

Freeman recently visited Oregon and was at The Opening in Beaverton last week, where he teamed with top California running back Joe Mixon and Oregon target Budda Baker during 7-on-7 play. The news had Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell and head coach Mark Helfrich excited, according to Freeman.

"They said they can't wait to be able to coach me," Freeman said.

The coaches weren't the only ones excited. Quarterback, and fellow verbal commit, Morgan Mahalak wasted little time in welcoming his potential future teammate.

"He was fired up," Freeman said. "He texted me right after it happened. We had a quick conversation and he congratulated me. We both can't wait."

Freeman said that during his visit to Eugene, he wasn't able to have the full experience since classes had ended and most of the players had gone home. He hopes it will be different this fall, when he plans on taking another trip.

"I am going to get back up there to see a game and hang around the stadium and some of the players hopefully," Freeman said.

Excited for the possibility for early playing time, Freeman could very well be the running back that will carry the load for Oregon in the future, along with current freshman Thomas Tyner, the lone five-star prospect of the Ducks 2013 recruiting class.

But, Freeman acknowledged that he will have to adjust at the next level, and wants to learn as much as possible while fighting for playing time.

"There's going to be some learning experiences I'll need to go through and be able to have," Freeman said. "If they pick up another running back or if they got someone else there, I'll learn under Thomas Tyner and some other backs."


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