Ohio's Top JR LB Marcus Freeman

One of the juniors spotted at the OSU basketball game Junior Day was top Ohio linebacker Marcus Freeman. Back in January, Freeman attended the U.S. Army 'combine' which preceeded the U.S. Army All American Game. Two hundred of the USA's top undergraduates attended the combine by invitation. GoBlueWolverine was also at the combine, and during breaks we had a chance to chat with the prospects. One of the first we made a bee-line for was Freeman.

Linebacker Marcus Freeman from Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne had very impressive U.S. Army Combine stats, easily the best of any linebackers there: 6-2, 225 lbs, 4.66 in the 40, 4.22 shuttle, 30-inch vertical jump, 28 bench press reps. of 185 lbs. As we have pointed out before, his 40 yard time was second fastest for a linebacker (there was one 4.65), and his bench press was third best overall (only one OL and one DL had more reps ... he was actually disappointed with his reps ...). In the shuttle, his time was beaten only by two WR's, two RB's, and three DB's. Freeman also has a 430-pound bench press, and a 575-lb. squat.

Since Freeman was spotted in Crisler Arena at the the OSU basketball game junior day last weekend, we've decided it is time to share with your our brief interview with him at the January combine.

Marcus, is it true that you are interested in Michigan?
"Yes. Definitely."

We've heard that you grew up following Michigan?
"Yes, sir."

Do you plan to attend the Michigan Camp this summer?
"Yes. I plan to go up there again, for at least one day."

It it going to end up a Michigan-Ohio State battle for you?
"Hmmm .... quite possibly."

Even at 6-2, 225 lbs., from a distance Freeman gave more the 'appearance' at the combine of being a running back rather than a linebacker -- due to his agility and athletic ability. Closer up, he definitely had that linebacker attitude and 'look in his eye'. In this reporter's mind's eye danced visions of Ian Gold.

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