TE has ties to Nebraska

When talk about the 500-mile radius and it's importance first surfaced the name Freedom Akinmoladun might not have been on it then, but it's definitely on it now.

Grandview (Mo.) has a history with Nebraska fans. It's not a great one, but that's where a player like Freedom Akinmoladun could change it going forward. The 6-foot-5 and 230-pound tight end, with 4.6/40 speed, is out of school and looking forward to a busy summer.

"We are out of school," Akinmoladun said. "Our last day was actually yesterday. I am looking forward to some football this summer. I have camp with my team the very first, full week being out of school."

Camps start up next week for Akinmoladun with the team camp and there are a number of individual camps that will come in the following weeks.

"I have an Illinois camp on June 8th in St. Louis. After that I go to a Kansas State camp in Olathe, Kans. I go to Nebraska on June 15th for Big Red Weekend and I am also going to do camp there too I think.

"I know that there will be more camps and visits. I don't have any plans to visit any other schools yet."

The offer total is four right now for Akinmoladun, but is should be five shortly. There is another school that has been recruiting Akinmoladun very seriously recently and he thinks offer number six could be right around the corner.

"I do have a Nebraska offer," Akinmoladun said. "I actually will have five total offers. I have offers from Nebraska, Illinois, Northern Illinois and Kansas State. Missouri just told me that an offer is coming and I am talking a lot to Arkansas and I think they are close to offering."

As a tight end Akinmoladun has great size and speed. Watch his film and he's a man amongst boys. He says that he's tough to tackle and has the ability to set the edge as a blocker too.

"Once I catch the ball I am just very tough to tackle. I am also a good blocker. I was actually a left tackle for our team when I was a sophomore."

The Nebraska offer is new for Akinmoladun. He says that he feels very comfortable with the Nebraska recruiting coach and how they are recruiting him.

"I picked up the Nebraska offer recently," Akinmoladun said. "It was maybe two weeks ago. Coach Barney Cotton is recruiting me from Nebraska. He's the tight ends coach.

"I think that he's very cool and I don't really know how to say it, but I feel like I am just in good hands with him."

Akinmoladun is familiar with Nebraska. He actually lived in the state, still has a lot of family that does live in Nebraska, and has a cousin that is already a student-athlete at Nebraska.

"I actually used to live in Omaha about 16 years ago. I still visit, all of my mother's relatives still live in Nebraska, and my cousin runs track for Nebraska.

"My cousin really likes it because it's a great environment there to be a student-athlete and he really likes the academics."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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