Raymond Freeman found a love for the game of football at an early age. Late in his high school career, the Sunshine State standout learned that he had a knack for long snapping. Little did the 6-3, 210 pounder know then, he found his ticket to college football.
"I guess I really figured out that I could snap during my junior year," Freeman said. "Our team needed somebody, so I gave it a try. I just kept practicing and I got to be pretty good at it."
With his newfound skill now part of his recruiting resume, Freeman hit the road this past summer to fine tune his craft and perhaps hit the college football recruiting radar. In June of 2016, the converted tight end was named the top snapper at the Chris Rubio kicking camp in Kennesaw, Georgia.
At this camp, Freeman found his way onto the Mississippi State big board.
"Coach (Chris) Boniol saw me down there then," Freeman said. "I didn't really start hearing from them until much later. It was really just about two weeks ago when they started really recruiting me. I have talked to them a few times and they set up a visit for me this weekend. We're flying up there on Friday. It's about a four hour flight and we will be up there from Friday to Sunday."
The Bulldogs have talked with Freeman about a potential grey shirt situation should he elect to spend his college career in Starkville.
"They told me that they still have a snapper for this year (Hunter Bradley)," Freeman said. "I would sort of be a preferred walk-on this season and then go in scholarship next January. I am going to learn more about all of that this weekend on the visit."
Mississippi State has some work to do in order to convince Freeman to join the ranks of the Maroon and White. The personable specialist has already accepted a scholarship offer from one of the Armed forces football program.
"I am committed to Air Force right now. I am going to take an official visit up there next weekend," Freeman said. "It's a big decision, so I am taking my visits to be sure about everything."
Freeman holds offers from Air Force and Army and has received interest from several programs including Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and many more. A final decision is expected after Freeman takes his official visit to Air Force.null