Freeman is a Duck

It was no secret Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman has been a big Oregon lean for some time and on Friday, the talented athlete decided to pull the trigger.

At The Opening, Royce Freeman said he had a short list of Oregon, USC and UCLA but the reality was, the Ducks were heavy leaders.

"I just felt like the timing was right," Freeman said. "I really loved my visit to Oregon, I like the offense, I like the school and the campus and I have the best relationship with Coach Campbell among all the running back coaches I've been talking with.

"I was always said I would commit when it felt good and when I felt the timing was right. For me, today just felt right. I liked the idea of going in to the season with my decision out of the way so I can just focus on football and my senior year and now I'll be able to do that."

Freeman is a big time back who will get a very nice bump in the rankings when they're updated. At 6-0, 230 pounds, he's one of the nation's premier power backs and wowed onlookers at The Opening with his mobility for a big back as well as his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

He's a downhill runner all the way who can run through contact and has very good top end speed. He clocked a 4.58-40 and a very impressive 4.07 shuttle in the SPARQ testing and has all the tools necessary to see the field early in college because of his size, strength and toughness.

"I feel great right now, I feel relieved," Freeman said. "The more I thought about it, the more I realized there was no other place for me other than Oregon. I had some great options but Oregon fit me best in every way possible. I'm excited to be a Duck and like I said, it feels great to have this behind me."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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