The Opening: Freeman Update

Although more of a pads guy than a 7-on-7 performer, Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman drew a lot of raves this week at The Opening...

Royce Freeman was one of the standout running backs during the NFTC portion of The Opening and tested very well in the SPARQ drills as well. He measured in at a rock solid 6-0, 227 pounds, ran a 4.58-40, 4.07 shuttle and jumped 33 inches in the vertical.

"I don't know that 7 on 7 is really the best place for a running back like me to shine so I just tried to have a good time out there," Freeman said. "I enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from the coaches. It was an overall great experience and definitely exceeded my expectations."

On the recruiting front, Freeman took a recent visit to Oregon and it sounds like the Ducks are in a good place right now.

"I had a great time in Oregon, I really enjoyed every thing about the school," Freeman said. "It's a great school, I liked the campus a lot and the coaching staff was great with me. I'm close with the RB coach, Gary Campbell, and talk with him more than any other coach.

"USC and UCLA are the other two schools I'm serious about right now. I've been to USC and I liked it a lot there. I've never been to UCLA before so I might try and get out there for a visit if I can find the time. I don't have anything set up right now but hopefully before school starts I can get out there."

As for a timeframe to his decision, Freeman said it could happen any day now.

"I'm taking this day by day," Freeman said. "Whenever I feel ready to commit, I'll do it. That could be tomorrow or two months from now. Whenever it feels right, I'll go ahead and do it but I don't feel ready right now.

"I'm not going to drag it out or anything and I would like to commit early if I can but it's a big decision. That's why I said I'm taking it day by day and if I wake up one day and it just feels good, that's the day I'll make my decision."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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