On February the 5th, National Signing Day the South Carolina Gamecocks received a huge surprise when this Brooklyn (NY) native shocked the recruiting world. The very talented DT prospect was the subject of many a message board rumor. Will it be Texas A&M, Clemson, South Carolina, Central Florida, or Alabama for the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder? It really was anyone's guess and most picked Texas A&M or Alabama, they picked the wrong one.
Freddie Saint Preaux shocked most of the recruiting world when he signed a letter of intent with the Gamecocks. South Carolina signed big named prospects such as Demetris Summers, Syvelle Newton, Noah Whiteside, Marcus Lawrence, Woodley Telfort, and the list goes on, but to sign a player of Freddy's caliber and character was icing on the cake.
GamecockInsider.Com was fortunate enough to talk to Freddy just before he left for his new home, the University of South Carolina.
"I will probably be at South Carolina this week. Me and my friend Woodley (Telfort) are coming down on this week and we'll be there on Thursday."
Freddy has taken care of his work in the classroom and in the weight room.
"Everything is straight, I'll be fully qualified when I arrive. I've been working out on my own. My bench press as of now is at 430. My squat isn't that great it's 515. I'm coming down early to work on getting in shape with our strength coach, Pat Moorer."
Freddy spoke about his reasons for signing with South Carolina and what his parents think of his decision.
"I felt comfortable with the coaching staff. The team is like a family. Lou Holtz is a such a great coach. They told me that they were changing from a 3-4 to a 4-3 style of defense. I really liked the direction their football program is headed in. I'm expecting to contribute as a starter. USC's criminal justice program ranks in the Top 10. My parents were really excited about South Carolina's academics. They really liked their football program, too."
Freddy spoke about the South Carolina spring game that he attended.
"I think we have a great team this year. I definitely think we can go to and win a bowl game."
Freddy spoke about two goals he wants to accomplish in the three years he is at South Carolina.
"I want to work hard in the classroom and earn my degree. I'm planning on winning the SEC championship as well."
When Freddy was asked about which university would he have signed with had he not signed with South Carolina.
"Well that's a tough question. I really don't know…I guess it would have been a battle between Texas A&M and Alabama."
South Carolina not only signed a great football player, but they also got an outstanding person as well. We fully expect Freddy to make an instant impact for the Gamecocks. He will thrive in the new four-man defensive front. The SEC coaches had better start now trying to figure out how they will contain him. Freddy is a rising star that will shine on Columbia for the next three years.
Freddy had a message for all the Gamecock fans.
"The South Carolina fans have a lot to look forward to, we are going to have a great season. I hope they all come out to support us."
The Gamecock Nation will be there for sure Freddy.
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