One of the top priorities in the 2018 recruiting cycle for first year head coach Major Applewhite and the Houston Cougars is the offensive line. The Cougars are lacking depth at the position and a solid class in a fruitful year for offensive linemen in Texas could go a long way towards fixing that.
On Tuesday the Cougars picked up their first offensive line commitment from the 2018 class in Midlothian (TX) Heritage interior lineman Jack Freeman IV. Freeman joins Desoto (TX) running back Kelan Walker as the second commitment of the class for the Cougars.
“It was pretty emotional for me,” the 6-foot-3, 280 pound lineman said. “Once I was in coach Applewhite’s office and told him I wanted to commit, he shook my hand and told me he was happy for me and happy for himself. Once I told him everything it meant to me to get to commit, that’s when it was getting emotional for me.”
For Freeman, the Cougars belief in him early was a big factor in his decision.
“I told coach Applewhite, Houston was the first Division I school to give me the opportunity to take my skills to the next level,” Freeman said. “Some schools wanted to get me to a camp and were telling me they liked the way I moved and my footwork but they wanted to see me more first before offering. Houston believed in me first.”
Freeman and just about all of his immediate family made the trip down to Houston, which he says was mostly to be able to commit.
“For the most part the trip down was to commit in person but I also wanted to go back and make sure I liked the campus,” he said. “I loved it, everything is really close by and very nice.”
The Cougars have told Freeman they want him to come in as a center and he has been working this spring on that position.
Freeman was selected to the AP 4A first team All-State team as a junior.