Freeze Firmly On TCU's Radar

Graham, TX has seen big time success on the football field the past two seasons. One of the big reasons is Mike Freeze.

In the past two seasons, Graham, TX has been one of the most successful teams in Class 3A in the Lone Star state. During that span, the Steers have rattled off a combined record of 27-3 and reached the semi-finals both years.

The Steers have relied on a high-flying offense and stingy defense to achieve their success on the gridiron.

Among the players that has been a big part of that success on both sides of the ball is 2015 prospect Mike Freeze. However, it was on defense where Freeze really shined.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder was a terror for opponents from his safety position; finishing second on the team with 92 tackles while also snagging 5 interceptions. For his efforts, Freeze was named District 5-3A Defensive MVP.

Freeze's talents don't end on the football field; he's also a standout in track. Last week he won the district title in the discus and also qualified for the area meet in the 200-meter, 4x200 relay and 4x100 relay. On Wednesday at the area meet held in Springtown, Freeze finished third in the discus and also helped Graham to a second place finish in the 4x100 as the anchor leg to stamp their ticket to the Region 1 meet. For good measure, he finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 22.74.

Surprisingly, up until earlier this week Freeze hadn't garnered much interest from college programs.

"I've been talking with TCU and Texas State and Texas Tech is sending a lot of letters," he said. "I've also been talking to Bowling Green a little bit. Mainly all of them want me to visit and check out their facilities."

The interest for Freeze stepped up a notch from one school in particular on Tuesday; TCU. New quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie made the drive west to see the rising prospect in person. Freeze was informed from his head coach that TCU has a high interest.

"Yesterday was the first day that I actually saw TCU," he said. "My coach said they watched my film and were pretty impressed with me and interested in me. They said I'd be a pretty good fit for outside linebacker/safety."

Later that evening, Freeze had the opportunity to speak with TCU head coach Gary Patterson. After the talk, Freeze knows he's firmly on TCU's radar.

"He talked about me trying to get out there and visit the facilities," he said. "He also said he liked my smash-mouth style of play and that he was really impressed with me."

Freeze has been on TCU's campus before; once for a summer camp and last season he attended a game. He knows with TCU he gets a program with good tradition and a coach who has been with the program several years; two things that are big pluses in his mind.

"I know they've got a pretty good tradition and Coach P has been there 17 years," he said. "I've been to one of their camps and it's a great school."

While Freeze is excited about the TCU interest, he's not turning his back on the others anytime soon.

"I also like Texas Tech and Texas State," he said. "Those would be my next two after TCU. I've liked Texas Tech growing up because I've had a lot of friends and family has gone there as well."

Freeze and his Graham teammates have big expectations heading into the 2014 season, especially after being so close to a state championship for two consecutive seasons. They won a 7-on-7 state title in 2013 but Freeze says it's time to get it done when it matters most.

"We're going to try to go win a state championship; we've been in the semi's two years in a row and we've got to beat that and get us a ring," he said.


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