Freeman Excited About UM

Brownwood, Texas saw its season end a little early this season when they suffered a second-round playoff loss to Denton Ryan. "They're probably going to move on and win it all," quarterback Kirby Freeman said. "We came up a little short but we still had a solid season."

Freeman's final play at the high school level wasn't exactly a memorable one. He was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury.

"I actually tore the AC joint on top of my (left) shoulder earlier in the season," he said. "I took a week off and then I came back and just played the first half against a team we were beating pretty good. Then in our last game, I was tackled and re-injured it. It's not quite 100-percent but now that I'm getting time to relax, it's feeling much better."

Freeman, 6-2 and 190 pounds, is about to close a big chapter in his life and begin a new one.

"I can't believe that I'll be done with high school in one week," he said. "That's hard to believe. I'll be an early gradate and will leave for Miami on January 13th. We start classes there on the 20th. I'm really looking forward to it."

Freeman committed to the Hurricanes over the summer and has kept close tabs on the program ever since.

"Coach Werner keeps me updated on everything that's going on down there," he said. "He said this year was a big learning experience for them. They have to know that nothing's going to be handed to them just because they're Miami. Even with all their good players, they still need to go out and work just as hard or harder than their opponent to continue having the success they're used to."

The talented quarterback prospect, who is scheduled to receive an in-home visit with Werner next Tuesday, said he's hoping things get back on track for the Canes.

"The weird thing about it is that people don't realize how difficult it can be to make it to a BCS bowl game," he said. "Sometimes people take that for granted. Not many teams make it. It's like making into the state playoffs in high school. Only certain teams are going to make it. But Miami, those guys are used to playing for championships. They've been in the big show the last two years and had they beaten Tennessee last month, they'd be playing Oklahoma in their third title game in a row. People don't realize how tough that really is and we'll be right back in the hunt next year."

The talented quarterback prospect said he paid close attention to the play of UM's quarterbacks this season.

"After Dorsey, it was the rise of a new leader," he said. "To just step in and do the things he did, that's a lot to be expected of. Brock transferred in and his season went south a little bit in the middle part of the season. He bounced back, established himself again, and now has them playing in a BCS game. I'm really looking forward to playing with him next year, being able to compete with him and Derrick Crudup and Kyle Wright. I'm hoping they make me a better player."

Freeman, who will be taking his official visit to UM next weekend, said he's looking forward to helping recruit other players.

"I understand it's going to be a pretty big weekend," he said. "The wide receiver from De La Salle, I believe he's coming in. Early Doucet. Guys like that, I just hope I'm able to talk to them and make them realize how special it really is there (at Miami). Coming from a quarterback who lives in Texas, I hope they understand that coming to Miami is such a big opportunity for them. I'm really hoping Lance Leggett comes here too and I think he's really high on Miami."

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