2008 Focus: Dalton Freeman

Offensive lineman Dalton Freeman has a long way to go in his recruiting process, but the junior from Pelion, SC has already drawn a lot of offers.

Offensive lineman Dalton Freeman has a long way to go in his recruiting process, but the junior from Pelion, SC has already drawn a lot of offers.

At 6-6 and 265-pounds, Freeman runs the 40-yard dash and bench presses 340 pounds. With room for growth and solid upper and lower body strength, Freeman has a lot of upside. He has the potential to play any position on the offensive line at the next level.

"Most people have told me I'll probably play guard," said Freeman. "Some have said I could end up playing tackle and some have said center. I think my skill set is best suited for guard, though. I move pretty well. I can get out in space and pull. I think I'd feel comfortable there."

Freeman has already received offers from NC State, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, Colorado and Middle Tennessee State. While he is keeping his options open, one school stands above the rest.

"Clemson is my leader right now," he said. "I wasn't a fan of them growing up, but they got in touch with me and were the first school to offer. They've just made a big impact on me since then. I'm impressed with everything I know about them. There's still a long way to go though."

What does he like about the Pack?

"To be honest, I don't know too much about the coaching staff they've brought in. I started getting mail from State on September 1, which is when they were allowed to get in touch with me. I've got a lot of stuff from them.

"One day my dad, who is also my coach, got a fax from them saying they were offering me. The next day I got a hand-written letter saying the same thing, so that was exciting. I've always liked watching State on television, and I know a lot of guys who've been up there and said they liked it a lot."

Freeman said he would likely camp at Clemson, NC State and South Carolina, and may add other schools to that list.

"I've already visited Clemson, (South) Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia, and they were all good experiences. There's a long way to go, but I guess I'll have to start narrowing things down pretty soon. I think I'll probably make my decision during my senior season. I don't know that I'll be ready to make a decision before then, but I don't think I'll have to wait until the end of it all."

What will be the biggest factors in his decision?

"I'm going to have to feel comfortable and at home, wherever that is. I want to have a really good relationship with the offensive line coach. A lot of times guys are recruited by people who aren't going to be their position coach. That's who your daddy is going to be for four or five years, so it's a huge deal. Obviously I want to play for a good head coach at a big-time program too."


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