Freeman still has Huskies in mind

Juston Freeman is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back/safety prospect from Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley CC and lately Juston has been doing his best to try and beat the heat in the high desert outside the greater-Los Angeles area. But his eye is on the prize - namely, a full-ride scholarship to a Division-1 college and a shot at playing football on a big stage. spoke with Juston about just what he's doing to earn the attention of D1 coaches. Will he follow the path forged by older brother Qwenton?

"It is so hot right now in the high desert, but with the way I'm conditioning, eating my fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water it doesn't fade me," Freeman said. He hurt his knee this spring at a college combine, but it doesn't sound like it's slowing Juston down much. "I'm about 65-70 percent right now, but that's still pretty good. I'm out there running 4.4's. I'm just going through therapy too."

While Juston is getting himself in prime football condition, he's also working out his mind at school. In fact, the classroom has taken priority this summer, even over the recruiting process. "I haven't been focusing on it really," he said when asked about recruiting. "I saw it with my friends in high school. They focused too much on recruiting and didn't focus on school. So I'm not worried about it. If I don't focus on my school, they won't take me without the grades, right? I'm taking 12 credits right now. It's a pretty heavy load for the summer, but I like the knowledge."

Washington linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Tormey came by Antelope Valley during the evaluation period, but Freeman said they missed each other.

August 26th is Antelope Valley's first scrimmage, and Freeman can't wait to strap on a helmet and get after it. "I'm going to be sending my film out after that first scrimmage," he said. "I'm going to be out there full vengence."

There's another reason Freeman is itching to move on to bigger and better things and get his work done in the classroom. He has a first-hand example in his brother Qwenton to go by. Qwenton signed a letter of intent with Washington in February and will be leaving home in a couple of days to join his future teammates at Montlake.

"That's another thing that motivates me, having seen my brother put it off," he said. "He's in a tougher situation than me and to see my brother do that after struggling his whole life meant a lot. I'm on time, but Qwenton had to take extra classes. I couldn't believe how hard he's been working and that's motivated me. That kept me going."

What else has Juston noticed when cheking out older brother? "He's been working out every day and staying at home," said Freeman. "That's all he does, he's staying out of trouble. He just wants to go to school, go to Washington."

Depending on the Huskies' interest in Juston, there's a possibility there could be a couple of Freemans on Washington's roster a year from now. So the questions have to be asked - of the two, who is bigger? Faster? Tougher?

"I'm bigger," Juston said without hesitation. "I can't tell you who is faster. As far as toughness, he showed me a lot. He started off playing running back, but you have to be tough to play defense. If you saw his film he had some big hits on some big tailbacks. As far as me, I have a reputation for being a hitter. It's man-to-man contact. If you can't handle that, you shouldn't be in football. I love to hit and you're going to see that. I'm going to try and crush every opponents' skulls in. It's nothing personal. That's how serious I am right now."

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