One Stands out for Freeman

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Pasadena Memorial defensive back Wykie Freeman. This is a TPI Premium article.

There are several things that Pasadena Memorial defensive back Wykie Freeman has going on this season. For starters, he wants to help his team earn a district championship. But he would also like to end on the roster of a Division I college program.

But for now, just one thing at a time.

"We have to stay focused in this district because any team can come and get you. That and we have to keep our confidence level up too," Freeman said. "Our team is going to go as far as our confidence takes us. With that, we can go as far as we want to go."

As for the "as far as we want to go" statement, the Mavericks are sitting in great position in District 22-5A. On top. After the 24-3 win over South Houston last Thursday at Pasadena Veterans Stadium, Memorial is 8-1 on the year and 6-0 in district play.

It's safe to say the Mavericks are in a good position. 

"This is a big win because we are trying to win the district championship. We knew we had to win this in order to get that goal," Freeman said. "We set this goal at the beginning of the year."

Another goal is to get the necessary offer to get to the college level. In his performance against South Houston, the 5-foot-11, 160-pound Freeman did not see a lot of action with plenty of ball flow going away from him.

But when his chance came, he took it. Freeman stepped in front of a pass late in the first quarter and went the distance.

"I have to give that one to my defensive line and the linebackers. They put pressure on the quarterback to set me up for that interception," Freeman said of his interception that he returned 65 yards for a touchdown. "It was an entire defensive effort. I knew I was going to score and take it to the house."

More plays like that and Freeman could see and offer mailed in the near future. Right now, it's offer No. 1 he is waiting on. 

"I don't have an offer right now, but I have UTEP really interested in me," Freeman said. "Also, Stony Brook, Iowa State and a couple other smaller Division I schools have been recruiting me."

As the regular season comes to a close, Freeman is confident that an offer will be on its way.

Who does he think it will come from? And if so, would he make the call.

"I have been talking to the UTEP coach the most. The Miner coaches seem very interested from our talks," Freeman said. "I could see an offer coming from them soon. If UTEP were to offer, I would take it. 

"I'm in."

The Maverick team will finish up the regular season up against Deer Park this Thursday.


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