With the May recruiting period nearly over, Wauwatosa West standout Antonio Freeman is feeling a lot better about his options to play college football. Prior to the evaluation period, the 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back had just one Division I offer, from Wisconsin. He was hoping to receive an offer from Florida's track program, but he has still not received anything official.
But there has been a lot more attention coming Freeman's way over the last few weeks, with coaches from several big-time programs stopping in to meet with his coach.
"It's starting to heat up, football-wise right now," Freeman said. "Nebraska has been talking to me, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue. Coach (Barry) Alvarez is coming up on (May 22) and Coach (Brian) Murphy came around and talked to my coach....it makes me feel a lot better seeing as how football is my main sport."
Freeman told Badger Nation in early April that Wisconsin was his No. 1 choice. At the time, it appeared that he might even commit before the summer. Now it appears Freeman will take some additional time to see how things develop.
"Before, I had just Wisconsin. Now it's starting to heat up a little bit," Freeman said. "Wisconsin is still the frontrunner, but it's starting to get heated up a little bit, and that's the thing that's making it real nice."
Offers could start pouring in over the next month, as Freeman is poised to challenge a couple of Michael Bennett's track records. Freeman has run a 10.3 in the 100-yard dash, and a 21.0 in the 200-yard dash. He is hoping to break Bennett's records in both events (10.33 and 20.8, respectively) at the state championships June 6-7 in LaCrosse.
Freeman is particularly focused on the prestigious 100-yard dash record, which played a key role in Bennett attracting interest from NFL teams after just one year as a college starter.
"Mike Bennett's record has been standing for a while. I hope to bring that one down this year," Freeman said. "I haven't had a nice day yet, so hopefully I will be ready to bust out soon."
Freeman also has his eyes set on the Midwest Sports Combine at the Midwest Sports Complex in Franklin on May 24, where he will run the 40-yard dash and test himself in the vertical leap, among other events.
"A lot of the top guys in the state will be there. It's for all-state, all-conference…you have to have a certain status to come to this combine, and it's just for juniors," Freeman said. "I'm going to go out there and try to put up a big 40-time. Hopefully that will turn some eyes."
Freeman's summer baseball schedule will limit the number of camps he can attend, but he has plans to attend Wisconsin's camp and several others in the Midwest. He hopes his track numbers will speak for themselves, particularly when he displays his speed for the coaches in person.
"I intend to make a showing on important days, so they can check me out a little more," Freeman said.
While coaches haven't been able to talk to Freeman personally per NCAA rules during the month of May, he said there have been hints dropped with his coaching staff that more offers could be on their way.
Interest Heating up For Freeman
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