Freeman Is One To Watch For 2012

It's not too early to start tracking the top players in the class of 2012, and Miami Carol City tailback Ernest Freeman has established himself as one to watch. Freeman was injured early in 2009, but once healthy he showed the skills that have college recruiters requesting his film on a daily basis. Bill Greene has the latest on Freeman.

Miami Carol City tailback Ernest Freeman made quite a splash as a sophomore in 2009. Freeman rushed for over 700 yards after missing four games due to an injury, averaging eight yards per carry.

The 6-foot, 195-pound, tailback is hoping for better results this coming season, now that he is completely healthy, and is considered a top 2012 prospect.

"I think I'm an all-around back, and I can do everything on the field," Freeman stated. "I can block really well, and I can catch the ball out of the backfield. My strength is running the ball, though."

"I think I have both power and speed, and I have the vision a tailback needs," he continued. "I know how to read defenses and make the proper cuts. Right now, I want to improve everything this year, and put up more numbers."

Although he missed some time early in the year due to injury, Freeman is still hearing from several top college programs.

"I want to play college football for sure," he explained. "I like Miami, Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and a lot of schools really. I have spoken with the Miami coaches, and I've been there before. Wake Forest is a school that has just recently been in contact."

"I spoke to Ohio State this week, to (assistant coach) Paul Haynes, and he was real cool," he said. "They want me to come up to there for a visit for the Miami game, and he said they would have a ticket for me, so I'm going to do that. I know my friend Etienne Sabino plays there and it would be cool to see him play again."

Freeman insists distance will not play a part in his decision, and he is open to hearing from all schools.

"I'm just looking for the best school for me," Freeman stated. "I do real well in the classroom, and I always have done well, so academics will play a part in my decision. I'm mature enough to be on my own, so I'm going to check out any school that's interested in me."

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