Chris freeman recruiting update anyone?

Submitted by mhwaldm on December 22nd, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Chris Freeman has been labeled a project with huge upside. Rivals puts us in his top three with Tennessee and Wisco. Does anyone know where hes leaning? As of now hes listed as 6'7 325 at rivals, and 6'9 348 at scout, 6'8 320 at espn.

Hes pretty new to football, which explains his low ratings (3 star from rivals and scout, and a 77 at espn. And hes ranked as anywer between the 35 and 80 best OT in the class. However, hopefully more telling is his offer sheet which includes: Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, UCLA, WV, Miami, Florida St, and tons more.

From everything iv read of him, and based on his offer sheet, he seems like the type of guy that could either never see the field or could be the next unmoveable mammouth-sized/andre smith-type.

Can we land him?

Comments

mhwaldm

December 22nd, 2008 at 5:45 PM ^

With that offer sheet and those measureables, i feel like hes worth the risk. even if he redshirts, and spends two years buried in the depth chart, that still leaves him with two more yrs of eligibility to compete for a starting position. he has the size to be a beast of a left tackle.

Magnus

December 22nd, 2008 at 6:36 PM ^

With the youth and talent on this team right now (Molk, Barnum, O'Neill, Khoury, Omameh, etc.), I'd be okay with them taking a flier on Freeman. Schofield and Lewan are both probably tackles, so it's not like we NEED him to be our savior at the tackle position.

With the recent decommitments, I'm starting to wonder if we'll get to 25. At one point it seemed like we were going to get 26+ LOI's, but not so much anymore.

I feel like we've got a good shot with Travante Stallworth and Will Campbell, but beyond that...eh.

Yinka Double Dare

December 22nd, 2008 at 6:53 PM ^

Do those titan-sized guys even work in our blocking schemes, unless they're also quick? I mean, Jake Long was fine in the zone blocking scheme because he was Jake Long. But giants who don't move that well are not exactly what we're able to use. It's pretty evident in the kinds of guys that were recruited last year -- most of them were either not gigantor sized or were actually in need of putting on weight/muscle just to be a college lineman period.

He doesn't sound like the kind of guy that would fit in with that necessarily.

Magnus

December 22nd, 2008 at 7:04 PM ^

Freeman is actually pretty athletic. He started playing football late, but he was always a basketball player. He has decent feet, but like people said above, he's raw at blocking.

I don't think slow-footed maulers fit in this scheme, but you do find the occasional big guy who might be athletic enough to fit in.

J. Lichty

December 23rd, 2008 at 3:05 PM ^

If this year is anything like last years recruiting, we could sign at least 6 more guys. I think we signed 8 after december last year, just a guess since im too lazy to count again.

I think you are less likely to see the late snake oiler type haul we had at the last minute last year.

The coaching staff has been here almost a year and many of those late arrivers were late because of the new staff.

While I think we could close strong on some undecideds, it will be fewer that last year and none will seemingly come out of left field like last year. That is not a bad thing.

Despite the defections, this class is still a strong foundation to build upon.

Rich Rod suggested in at the State football banquet that expected 6-8 early enrollees and a class of 25 and I see no reason to doubt that.