Freeman Talks About Elite 11

At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Brownwood, Texas standout quarterback Kirby Freeman returned home Monday from the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in California.

"I had a great time at the camp," Freeman said. "Anytime you get a chance to compete with 10 of the best quarterbacks in the entire country, it's a great honor. There were a lot of great players there and we had a lot of fun competing together."

The talented signal-caller said he had a chance to work on some things in addition to learning a new thing or two.

"All the physical stuff, it gave us a chance to exercise stuff we already knew," he said. "Just working hard for five days was exciting. It was the chalktalk sessions where we learned some new stuff. We talked about coverages, how to beat different defenses, and those types of things. They had college guys out there helping us like John Navarre from Michigan and the quarterbacks from Arizona State, Virginia, and Miami of Ohio."

Freeman talked about the thing he learned most about after spending five days at the camp.

"The thing I learned most about is disgusing coverages," he said. "Doing that at the college level is going to be very difficult for anyone and it's tough to fully understand, especially at this age. I spoke a lot about it with John Navarre. He was basically going over ways to better understand it, shortcuts to take. He was very helpful."

Freeman said another highlight of the camp was getting to meet former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.

"Troy came out there on the second day," he said. "With me being from Texas and Troy having done so well in Dallas, it was great talking to him. Whenever you talk about the most successful quarterbacks of all time, he's usually mentioned. He talked about all the little things that make you successful as a quarterback instead of just having a strong arm. It was fun."

Freeman impressed nearly everyone at the camp, including Student Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins.

"A big time player and another who could stake a claim to being the best signal caller of the camp," Biggins said. "[He] has the second best arm strength in the camp behind only Anthony Morelli, has great touch on his passes, is one of the most accurate throwers in the camp and is a great athlete. On top of that, Freeman has done well in the classroom during chalk talks and is one of the most outgoing and fun loving players in the camp. He has great leadership skills and other players will want to follow him at the next level."

The Elite 11 Camp took place about a month after Freeman impressed the UM coaches at their summer camp.

"The best thing about these camps is that we're learning so much and competing so hard that it's going to make high school football seem that much easier when we go out and play this season," Freeman said. "I'm going to need it because we're hoping to win the state championship this year after coming close last season."

Freeman also competed in a 7-on-7 passing tournament two weeks ago in Texas. It gave him a chance to meet fellow Texas recruit Lance Leggett.

"I met Lance at the 7-on-7 tournament," he said. "He looks like a great player. He has to be one of the best receivers in the entire country. He's considering Miami and I told him that it's a great place and that I had already been there. I told him that I would love to throw passes to him there someday."

For a much more detailed interview with Freeman and to get to know him better, please check the September isue of CanesTime Magazine, which will be shipped out in late August.

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