Ohio DE Favors UNC, Sets Official

Jeff Rotsky has been good to North Carolina. Under his tutelage as Maple Heights' (Ohio) head coach, products Richard Quinn and Charles Brown signed with UNC and currently play significant roles for the Tar Heels.

Now at Cleveland Heights (Ohio), Rotsky has another prospect on UNC's radar – Corey Freeman, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defensive end.

"At the end of the season, one of the coaches, [Tommy] Thigpen, was talking to us and he had already seen my tape," Freeman said. "He said he would get back to me when the rest of the coaches had seen my tape and let me know about an offer."

Freeman has collected scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Colorado, West Virginia, as well as several MAC schools. However, things haven't aligned yet for UNC to extend Freeman a grant.

"It's there," Freeman said. "He says more than likely I will [be offered]. I think they're waiting to see how well I do this semester in school."

Since making first contact, Thigpen has remained in contacted calling him "whenever he's allowed to call," says Freeman.

"He just asks me how I'm doing in school and asks me about my personal life," Freeman said.

Also, their conversations have resulted in Freeman scheduling an official visit to Chapel Hill for this coming weekend. He has also set dates with Cincinnati (Jan. 18th) and Colorado (Jan. 25th). Freeman was working on an official visit with West Virginia, but has heard little from the coaching staff since Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan.

"I left the first of the month [of February] open for West Virginia or any other school that comes in late," Freeman said.

Freeman unofficially visited UNC for its 2007 Spring Game. That trip has put UNC in a good position for the d-lineman.

"[UNC] is at the top of my list," Freeman said. "I've been down there previously and I liked the atmosphere. I was with Richard Quinn when I visited. He showed me around the campus a little."

During his official visit to UNC this weekend, Freeman hopes to get a more in-depth look at the campus as well as a chance to get to know the coaches and school better.

If UNC were to offer him during his stay, Freeman says "he thinks he would" verbally commit on the spot.

Freeman's senior football season ended with all-state, all-city, and all-district honors. He accumulated 70 tackles and 16 sacks.

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