One of the top cornerback prospects in Tennessee for the 2016 class is Rashun Freeman of Ooltewah High School in the Chattanooga area. Freeman's explosiveness and nose for the football is what seems to be attracting the attention of college coaches.
Last season Freeman had 61 tackles, 5 interceptions (two returned for TDs), and 4 fumble recoveries. He had 500 yards receiving and scored five touchdowns on offense. After the season he was named District Defensive Back of the Year and earned All-State and First team All-Chattanooga honors. He was also named the defensive MVP for his team.
When you watch Freeman video's you might assume he's a cocky kid because of the way he dominates but that's not the case. I was impressed with the young man's courtesy and humility when I recently spoke with him.
Many college coaches are getting the word on this talent from near Lookout Mountain. The list of schools showing interest include Mississippi State, Louisville, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Navy, Army, Air Force, Purdue, Harvard, Jacksonville State. Navy, Chattanooga and Air Force have already offered.
"Middle Tennessee has really been on me," said Freeman. "Sending me hand written letters a lot. I went up to visit and they've really been on me a lot. Of course Navy, UT and Air Force. Mississippi State has really been on me too. Talked to Coach [Manny] Diaz the other day at school. Wake Forest, Arizona, Harvard, Tennessee, and Army has come by and talked to me." He's also hearing a lot from Louisville.
Freeman says the prestige of Navy has caught his attention.
"I like the academics," said Freeman. "You go there and you'll be set for life. I know it would be a challenge to go there but it would benefit me in the long run."
Freeman knows he could be part of a long line of Tennessee prep players that have made an impact in Annapolis.
"They told me that usually the players they get from Tennessee turn out to be good," commented the talented athlete.
Freeman, who has a 3.6 grade point average, says he's also heard from Army. The linebacker coach from West Point came by his school and spoke with him.
Asked what he was looking for in a school, Freeman replied:
"A plan for me and even beyond football. A good atmosphere, a program that looks like it is going in the right direction. A good environment."
Asked to name a favorite school, Freeman declined saying he's still looking around and interested in everybody.
He does say he'll likely visit Navy.
"I haven't really setup a date but I probably will," said Freeman. "I know I want to see their campus. I just have to plan a date which is good for my high school football schedule."
Whether Navy gains the services of this exciting player remains to be seen. However, whoever gets him will have a solid playmaker with an excellent attitude.
"Whatever school I pick, they'll be getting a hard working player with good character." said Freeman.
I believe him.