LINCOLN, Neb. – Coming out of high school, Freedom Akinmoladun’s head coach told Scout.com the three-star prospect tight end might be heading to Nebraska to play the wrong position.
“I think that he's an All-American defensive end. He's a very, very good defensive end. He has long arms, runs a 4.7/40 and is basically unblockable coming off of the edge,” said Grandview high school (MO) head coach Andy Leech. “That quarterback has to go the other way. He's a fantastic pass rusher.
At the time, Leech compared him to a former Missouri standout – Aldon Smith, from Raytown, Missouri.
"That's exactly what I said when I saw him play in the first game last year,” said Leech. “We played against Aldon and that's exactly who he reminded me of. Coach Hill from Missouri was there and he suggested the same thing that Freedom reminded him some of Aldon Smith. In fact, he said at this point in his career he's better than Aldon was."
Fast forward two years and Freedom Akinmoladun is no longer a tight end in the Huskers’ system.
He’s a defensive end.
“Kind of, I’m not going to lie to you,” said Akinmoladun when asked if he knew he would get switched to defense eventually. “It was one of those things where I wanted to play defensive end, but just wanted to play football at the collegiate level. If I had to play tight end, I would do it. I just want to play football.”
Right now the redshirt freshman is working in the Huskers’ two deep at the position. Check out the video above.