Freeman Willing To Carry The Load

Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman has been hearing frequently from four particular schools.

With a list nearing 20 offers, Royce Freeman is keeping busy so far when it comes to recruiting. His 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame makes him a target for schools looking to beef up their backfield, and four schools in particular are pursuing him aggressively.

"Who's been in contact with me the most is UCLA, Oregon, Stanford and Florida," Freeman said.

Freeman picked up his offer from Oregon three weeks ago and has stayed in frequent contact with running backs coach Gary Campbell. As Oregon has become a premier destination for big and small running backs alike, Freeman said that Campbell likes how fast he is for his size and that he is effective catching the ball out of the backfield.

Freeman is currently working on building up his speed and endurance, something he believes is an underrated part of his game.

"I think I get better as I get more carries," Freeman said.

Freeman is a fan of Oregon's up-tempo system and the frequency with which they score points. Though they use several running backs within that system to keep the pace at a high level, Freeman wants to make a big impact himself within that rotation.

"I'd be more than willing to carry the load," Freeman said.

Freeman is looking for a school that will allow him to build a strong relationship with his position coach and provides a family environment. He'll get a chance to see if Oregon is that place soon.

"In June I'm planning to head up to Oregon," Freeman said. "I'll be headed to one of their camps."

Though he's still open to hearing from new schools, the picture is beginning to become a little clearer for Freeman when it comes to favorites.

"I'm mainly looking at the schools that are recruiting me pretty hard, but otherwise I'm still open for a little bit," Freeman said.

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