2016 Target: C.J. Freeman

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- C.J. Freeman has filled in admirably for Northern Guilford at the spot vacated by T.J. Logan, one of the best running backs the Tar Heel State has produced. North Carolina is among the many schools that have expressed interest in the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder.

Scouting Report

"He has a lateral movement and a wiggle to him as a runner," Northern head coach Robert Brian Thomas said. "He's going to get bigger and he's going to get stronger. By the time he's a senior I think he's going to get in the 190s maybe close to 200 [pounds]."

Since he plays running back at Northern, Freeman is drawing comparisons to T.J. Logan, who is a rising sophomore at North Carolina.

"They're two separate ball players and two separate young men," Thomas said. "Both are fine young men. T.J. had a burst of speed that's very rare – I've never been around anything like it in 24 years. Now C.J., on the other hand, doesn't have that burst of speed straight away, but the lateral motion, the step, and the wiggle, he has it. And he's a bigger kid than T.J. – especially at this age."

Prep Career

Freeman has been a member of Northern's varsity squad since his freshman year. Despite his obvious talents, he was limited to mop up duty because of Logan. Freeman averaged 5.6 yards per carry and scored a touchdown on 27 rushes.

Freeman did start one game at defensive back, though.

With Logan off to Chapel Hill, Freeman took the reins as Northern's workhorse back, rushing for 1,652 yards and 18 touchdowns on 243 carries and catching nine passes for 149 yards and two scores.


Virginia Tech offered Freeman this past football season. No other schools have followed suit but Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, NC State, and Stanford have shown significant interest.

The offer prompted Freeman to attend Virginia Tech's Junior Day.

The only other school Freeman has visited is UNC. In fact, he has been on campus seven times. His most recent visit was during the Tar Heels' Junior Day earlier in the month.

"The junior day was really fun," Freeman said. "There were a lot of recruits there – I didn't expect to see that many recruits there. But it was great.

"Even with all those recruits there, I still got to talk one-on-one with Coach [Larry] Fedora in his office. He told me how he likes me as a player and how the class I'm in I stando ut a lot."

Neither Fedora nor Chris Kapilovic, who recruits Greensboro for UNC, has discussed the status of a possible offer. However, Freeman feels he's on the verge of receiving one.

"I hear a lot from them and I talk to Coach Kap almost daily," Freeman said.

Georgia, UNC, and Virginia Tech have emerged as early favorites for Freeman. The Tar Heels, though, possess an unmatched edge. Not only are Freeman and Logan former teammates, but they are also neighbors.

"You always want to go to a school where you know people and you're going to be surrounded by people you know," Freeman said. "Overall, I'm going to judge by how I like a school. Yeah, the people that are there are going to affect that."

Freeman is also close with teammate Mook Reynolds, who verbally committed to Virginia Tech but is still strongly considering UNC.

Extra Notes

Freeman was born in New Jersey. He moved to N.C. at eight years old… Freeman grew up a Georgia fan, because it was one of the first schools he watched on TV… In addition to football, Freeman is a member of Northern's basketball and track teams. In track he runs the 100-meter dash and 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. His personal best in the 100 is 11.0 seconds.

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