LB Leon Freeman Update (edited)

One of the top linebackers in the country, Mesa LB Leon Freeman has had an outstanding season so far for the 2-5 Thunderbirds.  He spoke recently about his recruitment and what his plans are the rest of the season.

"We've struggled some but we're playing hard and sometimes that's all you can ask," Freeman told  "I have like 42 tackles and seven sacks.  It's been tough, but you play every down like it's your last and good things will happen eventually."

Freeman knows about living life every day like it could be his last – he's an Iraq War veteran who spent time in Baghdad with his unit and had to duck for cover constantly and saw things he wished he hadn't.

"It's war man, it's tough but you get through it," Freeman said.  "I hated the heat over there, but I made some great friends and I learned a lot about myself."

On the recruiting front, Freeman is working to set up a visit with Baylor (offer) for the Oklahoma game on November 18th, but at this point nothing is set in stone yet. 

"I got an offer from them a little bit ago and we're trying to set a visit up but nothing is confirmed," Freeman said.  "I'm looking for the chance to play early because of my situation, but I also need it to be a good fit for me and a place that I could see myself being successful at."

Freeman also plans to take at least one more visit – UTEP on November 25th.

"I'm open to anyone who offers me, but right now those are the two that I'm looking at visits with," Freeman said.  "Cal just called me the other day and the coach recruiting me said he's giving my tape over to the linebackers coach right now so we'll see what happens with them."

He graduates in December and wants to make his decision shortly after completing his visits.


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