At the time, Upper Arlington (OH) linebacker Chris Frey was just seeing his recruitment leave the ground. Now, he has a long list of offers which includes Boston College, Kentucky, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Syracuse, and as of Sunday, Purdue. It was Freeman who broke the news to Frey, just five months after transitioning the recruitment from Kent State to Purdue.
"It feels great," said Frey of his Purdue offer. "Coach Freeman and I, we've always been close and we've always talked a lot over the time he's recruited me, and I grew up watching him play at Ohio State. It' a real honor to take advice from him and to get a scholarship from him."
Back when Freeman first contacted Frey on behalf of Purdue, he asked the three-star linebacker to remain patient while the Boilermakers began their evaluations. The two maintained frequent contact through phone calls and Facebook messages. Freeman visited Upper Arlington just last week, and suggested to Frey that his offer could come soon. He wasn't lying.
Freeman, the former Ohio State standout linebacker, is in charge of recruiting in the town of his alma mater as well as Purdue's linebacker prospects. He has worked to build a strong relationship with Frey, one of the top linebackers on the Boilermakers' recruiting board.
"It's really good," Frey said of his bond with Freeman. "We're pretty close; we talk all the time."
Frey, who stands at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, first visited West Lafayette last September to see the Boilermakers' game with Marshall. His first encounter with Purdue's new coaching staff came in February during the Junior Day event. That's where he met with head coach Darrell Hazell.
"It was really cool to talk to him," said Frey. "He was really nice and explained to me what I have to do and how I can get an offer from them."
The key was patience, and it finally paid off on Sunday. Now, the Boilermakers are among Frey's favorites, along with Boston College, Kentucky and Michigan State.
"I really like the coaching staff a lot," said Frey of the Boilermakers. "Purdue is a really good academic school, and that pays a huge role in my decision. Same with the fact that it's close to home."
Frey has outlined the end of July as the likely time for his college decision; however, he wouldn't rule out the notion that it could come sooner. This summer, he will visit with each of his favorite schools. A commitment could possible happen then.
"You never really know what you're going to run into at a college," he said. "You can fall in love with a college when you're there and just be done."