In life we all make choices, some harder than others. For many top athletes the choice of a college to play and receive an education can be the most difficult choice in their young lives. One young man has made his choice and will tell the nation on Wednesday during a ceremony, where he will be named to the U.S. Army All-American Team.
Marcus Freeman is one of the countries most sought after football players. The linebacker from Huber Heights Wayne is considered by many the top prospect in the nation at his position. Marcus has earned all of this with his work on the field and in the classroom. With many school in the country calling, Marcus narrowed his choices to five schools.
On Tuesday night OhioPrepScene.com spoke with Marcus about his choice and the five schools he would pick from. We want to thank Marcus for allowing OPS the chance to cover his recruiting and for telling OPS his choice before any other media outlet.
Marcus spoke about each of the five schools. Here are his comments as of 9/23/2003.
Oklahoma - Great school, with a great coaching staff. It was hard to call Coach Wilson tonight and tell him that I would not be coming to Oklahoma. They have been great to me during the recruiting process and I can't thank them enough. They have great tradition and compete for a national title each year. The Big 12 is a great conference. But the amount of distance from home was a major factor. I want my parents to have a chance to see me play and Oklahoma is just to far.
MIAMI FLA. - What can't you say about the Canes. They are in the hunt for a national title every year. But just like Oklahoma the distance from home was more than I wanted. I'm honored to say that I was considered a recruit by them.
Michigan - I called Coach Herrmann tonight and told him that I would not be wearing the Maze and Blue. It just didn't feel right in my heart. Michigan is a great school and they have a great football tradition. The coaches were great, but my heart just keep telling me no.
Notre Dame - What can you say, its Notre Dame. Talk about tradition and education, Notre Dame should top everyone's list. The coaching staff is great and Coach Willingham, my parents and I have so much respect for him and the type of coach and person he is. They have everything a player could want. Great fans, facilities and no other school is as deep in tradition. It was very hard to call Coach Denbrock and ask him to tell Coach Willingham that I wasn't going to Notre Dame. I wish I had the chance to speak with Coach Willingham myself and tell him, but I didn't have his number. Coach Denbrock said he would inform Coach Willingham for me. Notre Dame made my choice a harder one than I thought it would be.
Ohio State - In my heart I felt this is were I belong. I already know many of the players who play there. They have a program that plays for a National Championship each year. The coaching staff has been great during the recruiting process, and I have always felt the most comfortable at Ohio State. There is something about being from Ohio that makes me want to stay and be a Buckeye. I called Coach Tressel tonight but he wasn't home. I will speak with him tonight before I go to bed and tell him of my decision. Ohio State will allow my family the chance to see me play, and I will be able to come home when I have some down time. This was very important in my decision. It only takes about an hour to get to OSU from Huber Heights. All of my friends and family will have a chance to share in my experience while I'm at OSU.
In talking with Marcus he wanted to thank many people.
I first want to thank God. For without him none of this would be possible.
I also want to tell my father, mother and brother thank you. They were the backbone during this process and supported me with any decision I made.
I really want to thank all of the coaches at Wayne High School. They have made me the type of player that is able to be in this position. Without the coaching and guidance of these men I would not be doing this today.
I also want to thank all of the teammates I have had at Wayne. They have given me great support and friendship during all of this. They have helped me become a better player each year and I couldn't have done it without them.
Well there you have it. Marcus Freeman is going to be a Buckeye. Coach Jim Tressel keeps another top Ohio prospect at home. I want to thank Marcus again for allowing OPS the chance to cover not only his recruiting, but also for having the chance to know him as a person. I still remember the day Jeff said wait till this one gets to the varsity level. He is going to be the best player to come out of Wayne when its all said and done. Marcus its hard to belive your now a senior and Jeff was talking about you as an eight grader. I have found you to be a great young man and I wish you the best at OSU and in your future endeavors in life. Marcus our family will always be here to support you and consider you part of our family. Keep things real and always follow your heart.
OPS will have pictures on Marcus and his announcement latter in the day.