RECRUITING: Newest commit expects to start early

Forth Worth, Texas punter Cody Freeby has big plans for his college career in Norman


Freeby is regarded as one of the top punters in the country. He averaged 42 yards per punt as a junior, which earned him All-American honors. Freeby also nailed the ball inside the ten six times last season.

This season Freeby was bigger and stronger and he stepped up his average to 46 yards-per-punt. Freeby was able to place the ball inside the ten three times in 2002. Freeby has great size and was athletic enough to play safety this past season at Christian High School.

"By my senior year I want to average 49 to 50 yards per punt," said Freeby. "I think I can reach that kind of goal."

Last season Freeby's hang time was 4.2 seconds and this year it is 4.4. The average for most high school punters is about 3.8 seconds. In college the average hang time is 4.1 seconds.

Freeby is switching an early commitment to LSU to Oklahoma.

"I think I made a good decision and I am very happy with it," said Freeby. "That was a very hectic time last week. Coach Nick Saban came to my home last week and tried to talk me out of going to OU. That was really tough on me, but OU is the best place for me. The degree that I want to major in is meteorology and OU is building a new center to study the weather.

"In sitting down and talking to Coach Stoops and Gundy I just found that the time was very relaxing and I just felt at home. Plus, my family and friends only have to travel a couple of hours to see me play. My goal is to start as a freshman and I think I can get that accomplished."

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