RECRUITING: Missouri QB prospect interested in OU?

Grandview, Mo. quarterback Josh Freeman talks about his game and five early leaders.

JOSH FREEMAN, QB, 6'5, 230, 4.8, GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI:

Josh Freeman enters the 2005 recruiting season regarded as one of the top ten quarterbacks in the country. Blessed with great size, Freeman has a super arm and can easily make all the throws the big-time passing schools are looking for.

"I think I can make good decisions on the field," said Freeman. "I trust my arm a lot and I have confidence in every pass I throw. I guess if I have to throw it longer than 70 yards I would worry a little bit."

Last year, Freeman completed 63 percent passes for 2,600 yards and 26 touchdowns against only seven interceptions. Freeman also rushed for three touchdowns, all in short-yardage or goal line situations.

Freeman can bench 240 pounds, squats 485 and he has a 30-inch vertical jump. Freeman starts in hoops and averages 12 points and 14 rebounds a game as forward/center.

Freeman heads into his senior year as a three-year starter. He went the QB/WR camp at Blue Springs High Xchool where Missouri quarterback Brad Smith was an instructor before his sophomore year. He also attended the Missouri and Kansas State one-day camps. Before his junior season, Freeman went to the Nebraska quarterback camp, the Nike camp at Iowa and the Elite-11 camp at the Iowa. Freeman also went to the Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State one-day camps.

Freeman has already been to the Scout Combine in San Antonio and he hopes to attend the Nike camp in either Ft. Worth, Texas or at Kansas State. He will also attend the TCU Elite 11 camp and the Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Michigan and Notre Dame one-day camps.

At this point, Freeman has been offered by Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Iowa State, but he keeping an open mind.

"I am wide open right now. I am looking all over," said Freeman. "I am looking at Notre Dame and Nebraska, which are my top two. Michigan, Kansas and Missouri are right below them. I want to go to a good program and I want to have a good shot at playing time. Of course, I have to like the coaches and their philosophy on offense.

"There are some other schools that I am looking at like Oklahoma, but I haven't had a chance to meet any of their coaches. I hope to learn more about Oklahoma in the future. If I had a chance to learn more about their program, or if they showed they had a interest in me, I would really have an interest in them. Obviously, they have one of the best football programs in the national."

Freeman is already qualified.


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