The class of 2014 in the Show-Me state will be one of the deepest in recent history as far as players picking up offers from and signing with Division 1 schools.
ShowMePreps.com introduces you to yet another talented football prospect from that class who is seeing his recruitment pick up and is talking in both offers as well as hitting the road to check out schools of interest this spring.
Grandview (MO) TE/DE Freedom Akinmoladun 6'5" 235 4.62 forty time and 39" vertical jump self reported, has been an athlete I have keep an eye on for the past few years and watched develop on the football field.
The standout athlete has early offers from Kansas State, Illinois and Northern Illinois, while also being recruited by Iowa State, LSU,Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Harvard and Yale after averaging over 21 yards per reception as a tight end and recording over 80 tackles and 4 sacks while being named first team all conference and third team all state as a junior.
I spoke to Freedom about his recruitment and recent unofficial visit to Illinois' spring football game.
"The first thing that stands out was the seven hour drive. It was long, but not that bad and it was worth it to see what I wanted to about Illinois," said Akinmoladun. " When I got there I took a tour of the campus and met all the coaches. I had a good talk with coach Beckman. He said how they wanted me to attend Illinois, and how they thought I was a big man that could play TE for them. Coach Salem said he thought I could play OLB/DE."
Freedom spoke about his overall feelings about the visit, which he was accompanied on by his Mom, and what stood out to him about it.
"It was great! My Mom thought it was great too," said Freedom. "What I liked most were how all the classes in my field of study, which is physics, were right there together. I like how the campus is set up. I like how it's not just about football with them. It's about people and academics."
The big athlete has also visited Kansas for their junior day, and is planning on visiting Missouri this weekend for their spring football game.
I asked Freedom for his thoughts on the home state Tigers.
‘ I haven't really heard from them, but they invited me to their Black & Gold game, so I will be attending it. I watch all their games. I really like and identify with Aldon Smith and would consider them if they are interested in me."
Freedom Akinmoldadun is an outstanding athlete. He is also a talented member of his basketball team playing in the post and is known for his powerful dunks.
On the football field he is very physical and has very good hands catching the ball. He also has good speed and can run after the catch.
Having played offensive tackle as sophomore helped him develop his blocking skills, and he is a very good blocking attached TE who also has the speed and athleticism to flex out in the slot or wide.
He is still raw on the defensive side, but he has all the tools to be a high level defensive end using his speed, quickness and motor to get up field in a hurry.
Grandview head coach Andy Leech shared his thoughts on Akindmoladun.
"Freedom is the total package. He is smart, a freak athletically and his work ethic sets him apart. He has a 3.8 GPA and has Ivy League schools coming after him," said Leech, who also talked about Akinmoladun's wing span and other physical characteristics that led him to think his athlete might be best suited for defensive end.
Akinmoladun spoke about the main criteria he would be looking for in a college along with his timeline for making a decision.
"I am looking for a good environment. A good coaching staff that doesn't put football before the players or academics, and I would like to make my decision sometime by the end of my football season."
I expect he will have quite a few more offers to choose from by then.