West coast receiver looking at Cardinals

6'4, 175-pound receiver Josh Freeman of Anacortes (Wash.) High School has drawn the attention of many of the top programs on the west coast, but family connections has the All-Area performer looking east as well...

Following a junior campaign at Anacortes (Wash.) High School that saw him pull in 49 catches for 784 yards and 16 touchdowns, receiver Josh Freeman has seen more than two dozen schools take notice.

"I'm getting letters from 30 different schools," said the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Freeman. "Notre Dame, Oregon, Eastern Washington, Washington, UCLA, Louisville and Arizona are some of them. Notre Dame and Washington are sending the most right now."

Despite the distance, Freeman, who visited Washington for it's junior day earlier this year, isn't a stranger to the Cardinal football program.

"I attended one of Louisville's practices last season and then I also attended one of their basketball games," he explained. "All of my mom's side of the family are from Kentucky, so we try to visit there as much as we can. My grandfather has always liked Louisville and has some connections there. My uncle also knows someone at Louisville."

Family connections has also helped spike interest from Notre Dame.

"My grandfather (Charlie Lanz) played basketball at Notre Dame, so I know them pretty well," he continued. "I'm going to be there for their camp next month."

While he has yet to collect his first scholarship offer, Freeman will use the May 20 Scout.com All-American combine being held at the University of Louisville as an opportunity to further enhance his stock.

"I want to show that I can catch and get myself open," Freeman said of the upcoming combine. "I know that I need to get faster, but I have a knack for getting open and making the difficult catch."

Freeman added that the distance from his Washington home wouldn't stop him from strongly considering colleges in the eastern half of the country.

"I don't have a problem playing further away from home, but if something were to come up in-state I'd have to consider that," he said.

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