Freeman Already Holds Four Offers

Grandview, Missouri quarterback Josh Freeman is already making a strong case as the Midlands Region's top prospect in the Class of 2006. While he'll have to battle the likes of Ardmore, Oklahoma wide receiver Jermaine Gresham and others, Freeman's impressive performances this summer and early fall have garnered him four scholarship offers.

Through five games this fall, Josh Freeman has thrown for nearly 1300 yards and 12 touchdown passes. Those are big numbers for a junior, especially one with the potential of Freeman, who stands at 6'6 and 220 pounds.

He received his fourth offer this past Friday from the Iowa Hawkeyes.

"We got the official scholarship offer in the mail, and the letter that came with it," said Ron Freeman, Josh's father. "The letter just said the offer was contigent upon his academics, which we understood, and we also spoke with Coach (Eric) Johnson. He just told us Josh is a guy they feel can make an impact on their program as they were impressed with his arm strength, mobility, and the fact that he makes plays downfield."

Freeman had previously received scholarship offers from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. His first came from the Jayhawks after he spent an afternoon in Lawrence at their one day football camp.

"Coach (Mark) Mangino came up to him that day, and said there are certain instances when you can look at a kid and know he has the chance to be special. He said he felt that way about Josh, and he was going to offer as soon as he could. He stuck to his word, and they are highly interested. They are only forty minutes from our home, and we've been to the Tulsa and Texas Tech game to this point."

Missouri quarterback coach David Yost was in attendance for one of Freeman's games a few weeks back, and also walked away quite impressed.

"Coach Yost came to the game, and said he was throughly impressed with Josh's performance. He said that Josh definitely showed him that he can compete for the job once Brad Smith leaves the program, and Josh knows there will be competition there."

His offer from Nebraska came after a very strong showing at their elite quarterback camp this past summer.

"Nebraska is also real high on him, and he really connected with Coach (Jay) Norvell while he was there. He tied for the highest quarterback rating overall there, and was one point higher than Harrison Beck."

Despite these early offers, Josh still is not in a rush to make a decision.

"We really haven't discussed a timetable, but these days a lot of quarterbacks are making decisions before heading into their senior season. We know Missouri has two Elite 11 guys the past two years, Nebraska landed Harrison Beck, and Iowa got an Elite 11 guy in Jake Christensen. Kansas has a good young quarterback in Adam Barmann. We'll definitely be interested to see how quickly those guys get on the field."

No matter the situation, Freeman knows he will have to prove his ability.

"Josh wants to go into a situation where he can have a chance at being a three year starter, but he knows all of these programs are solid programs. He knows he will have to beat out good players in order to play."


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