AZ TE Billy Freeman Verbals to SJSU

Named to the 2011 Preseason All-24-7 Team of the top players in Arizona, tight end Billy Freeman solidified his place among the best in the region by garnering several college scholarship offers, including the one he accepted from San Jose State. Freeman spoke with Inside Sparta about what attracted him to the Bay Area.

It's said that the third time is the charm, and for tight end Billy Freeman of Red Mountain High School in Mesa, AZ, his third trip to San Jose State sealed the deal. On Sunday, during his official visit, he made the decision to spend his college days in the Bay Area.

"They offered me last summer and I knew I was their No. 1 guy," he said. "I really wanted to go somewhere where I was wanted. The coaching staff is awesome, you can tell they all know football. And it's California. Who wouldn't want to live in California?"

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound former quarterback chose SJSU over Montana and Northern Colorado. In their first season under head coach Mike MacIntyre the Spartans went 1-12. In 2011, his second year, SJSU improved to 5-7 and that improvement was another major factor in Freeman's choice.

"They're obviously growing," he said. "I want to be a part of something that's getting better and better."

Freeman was discovered as a result of a close relationship between Red Mountain head coach Ron Wisneiwski and San Jose State offensive line coach Gary Bernardi, who recruits Arizona. Prior to that Freeman said he had never considered SJSU as a destination.

"They (SJSU) came out in the spring to see me and I guess they liked me," Freeman said. "So I went to one of their camps, and coach Bernardi told me after the camp to go home and call coach MacIntyre. I did and he offered me over the phone."

Along with the offers from Montana and Northern Colorado, Freeman said Boise State was taking a serious look at him.

During is 2011 campaign, Freeman caught 30 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns.

Freeman said he is undecided on his academic path, but is weighing the options of majoring in business or something in the medical field.

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