Cougs look to cattle country for OL beef

WASHINGTON STATE'S focus on adding beef to its 2013 football recruiting class has, ironically, taken a turn into one of the top cattle-raising states in the nation. WSU's latest scholarship offer has been extended to a 6-3, 290-pounder who lives right in the smack dab middle of Oklahoma.

Carlos Freeman, from Midwest High in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest City, first started hearing from WSU about three weeks ago.

Three days ago, Cougar offensive line coach Clay McGuire extended him a scholarship offer in person.

"He flew in to see me and offered me a scholarship," Freeman said. "We had a great talk and he told me he had to hit the road for some recruiting trips, but before he left he gave me that offer. It was a great feeling and I'm still very excited about it."

Freeman is ranked two stars and is the 30th- ranked center prospect in the country according to Scout.com. He started out his senior prep season at left tackle, but has since switched to left guard.

"They're looking at me as an interior lineman because I can play either guard or center," Freeman said. "Coach McGuire told me they would just want to see me in practices and see where I could fit best in their system. He talked to me about how they run a similar offense Coach (Mike) Leach ran at Texas Tech, which was exciting to hear."

New Cougar recruiting and operations assistant Jarrail Jackson earns the assist on connecting McGuire with Freeman. Jackson recruited Freeman last season when he was the wide receivers coach at Dartmouth and the two have remained in contact.

"Coach Jackson showed them some of my film and that's how they became interested in me," Freeman said. "Washington State really likes my progress and it's kind of a situation where the right person was is at the right place at the right time."

In addition to Washington State, Freeman holds offers from Utah State and Dartmouth, and said he has been receiving increased interest from Missouri, Tulsa and Arkansas State.

The Cougs, being the first BCS-school offer, represents a milestone for Freeman.

"It's a dream come true offer for me," he said. "The fact that they like the way I play and they think I can make a difference for them in the future means a lot to me. I really like the vibe the coaches give off and the way they appreciate my heart and dedication to the game."

Freeman has no official visits set at this point, but said he is working out the dates with WSU coaches right now and an exact date will be scheduled soon. He added that he plans on making his college decision in early December, but the Cougs appear to be the team to beat.

"I would definitely say they're my number one," Freeman said. "I like the entire coaching staff and the letters they've sent me. They show you respect that you really don't get from other colleges. I'm very appreciative of that."

WSU CURRENTLY HAS 14 known verbal commitments in its 2013 class that will sign letters of intent in February. Just four of the 14 -- two on offense and two on defense -- are linemen, leading to speculation that the vast majority of the Cougs' remaining slots in the class will go to linemen.

Of the offensive line prospects WSU has offered so far in this recruiting cycle, 14 are uncommitted.

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