Bruins On Freeman

UCLA is one of the more recent offers for the Imperial (Calif.) running back, Royce Freeman, and the Bruins have a history at Imperial...

Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman has parlayed a sterling performance at the Los Angeles NFTC into several offers.

While the 6-0, 220-pounder already had a number of schools extend an offer prior to the camp, the MVP performance took his recruitment to another level, allowing the running back to have offers that extend the country.

"Different schools offer at different times, so I don't know how much how I did at the Nike Camp meant, but a good amount have offered since then," said Freeman.

Nebraska and UCLA are the two most recent offers for Freeman and he thinks Oregon could join the mix after the spring.

"I've been talking to Oregon and hopefully they offer me when they get a chance to see me," said Freeman.

In all, Freeman has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida State, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington, and Wisconsin.

And Freeman said that UCLA, since they offered, has been recruiting him pretty aggressively.

"All of the schools are recruiting me pretty hard," said Freeman. "UCLA is up there, and recruiting me as hard as anyone. Coach (Lou) Spanos, Coach (Steve) Broussard as well as Coach (Noel) Mazzone are all talking to me. They asked me to go see some of their practices so I'll see when it will work. UCLA is a top school and they're a good program."

UCLA has also signed the last two bigtime prospects to come out of Imperial, Robert Thomas in 1998 and Christian Ramirez in 2006.

With Imperial being a tight-knit community, Freeman has had a chance to talk with both Ramirez and Thomas, an All-American at UCLA and the 2001 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, about their football past.

"I've talked with Christian a lot and Robert a couple of times and while we've never talked about UCLA on any real level, they've had nothing but good things to say about UCLA," said Freeman.

Freeman plans to camp at Oregon this summer and is hoping his MVP performance at the NFTC will eventually net him an invitation to The Opening.

"That would be really nice, to get invited to The Opening," said Freeman.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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