The first time you look at Josh Freeman in person, you immediately envision a young great athlete. In looking at his frame and the way he carries himself, you can envision a player that, if he works hard, could be a star.
Then you see him throw the ball live and in person, as I did at the US Army Junrio Combine.
Freeman still has a lot of work ahead of him, something that you would expect from any 6'5 kid that is still growing into his body. But all you have to do is look at the physical prowess, arm strength, and the ability to move his feet to know that he has the tools to play the position very well.
"I plan to get through basketball, and then immediately begin hitting the weights," said Freeman. "I know I want to run a lot of sprints, as well, to get myself prepared for the upcoming camp circuit."
Freeman, who is measured in at 6-doo-5 and 215-pounds down in San Antonio, has already gotten an introduction to the recruiting process.
Holding scholarship offers from Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, and Nebraska, whom he has all visited their campuses and even attended some of their camps; Freeman got a rather rude awakening. It is a pretty pleasant feeling, though.
"I'm really not sure when I want to make my decision. I know a lot of quarterbacks are deciding early, but I'd like to be able to take some of my official visits. I want to enjoy this process as much as I possibly can," stated Freeman.
Freeman may not know when he will be making his decision, but he does know one school that stands out on his list right now.
"Nebraska is at the top of my list right now," added Freeman, who was timed as 4.84. "I like the coaches, especially Jay Norvell, who is, I don't know if I want to say the best, but he is my favorite quarterback coach I've dealt with."
"He has such an unbelievable energy, and he really got everyone pumped up at the summer camp I attended. You can't go wrong with some of the quarterbacks he coached in the NFL and the tutoring he will be able to offer."
Besides his current four offers, Freeman says there are two more possibilities in the near future.
"I had coaches from both Michigan and Michigan State come down to my school. Both of the schools said they don't normally recruit the area very heavily, but were down there to check me out. The Michigan coach made it seem very likely an offer could be coming soon," stated Freeman.
Don't forget about his other offers, either, as he remains high on all three programs.
"Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri are all kind of right there behind Nebraska. I like each of the programs right now for different reasons."
"Iowa knows I will be graduating next January, and told me that being only one semester behind Jake Christensen, I will have a chance to battle him for who replaces Drew Tate. They just pulled in a great recruiting class, and told me they are going to go after even bigger profile recruit this coming year," said Freeman.
The Hawks appear to like Freeman the most for his size.
"Iowa told me they want a big quarterback, who is polished, and I fit that mold."
Early playing time and familiarity with a coach have been what has caught Freeman's attention in Kansas and Missouri, respectively, to this point.
"I just went to a junior day at Kansas the other week. It was when they played Texas, and College GameDay was down there. It was a lot of fun, and the coaches told me they played five different quarterbacks this past year. They are not afraid to play you early if you prove the job is yours."
"I've really only been getting letters from Missouri as of late, but Coach David Yost was down at my school the other week. I'm probably more familiar with him than any other coach recruiting me, and we have a friendly relationship."