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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Top three plus one for ESPN 300 Freeman?

By Damon Sayles


One of the most-asked questions at last weekend’s Texas State 7-on-7 Championships in Leander, Texas: Is Edwin Freeman an outside linebacker or a safety at the next level?

His answer: “Yes.”

“You can call me both,” said Freeman, an ESPN 300 safety with linebacker size and power. “I’m a safety, but I can play linebacker, too.”

At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Freeman looks more and more like an outside linebacker, particularly without pads. But when Freeman is placed into coverage situations, he shows that he’s very effective as a defensive back. Chalk it up to Freeman, the nation's No. 6 safety, focused on being as versatile as possible.

“It’s been hard work going to workouts, playing 7-on-7, losing weight and getting my coverage up,” Freeman said. “I’m just doing all I can before the season starts.”

Freeman’s attracted nearly a dozen schools. Texas, Texas A&M and TCU have established themselves as his top three. At the 7-on-7 state tournament, however, Freeman said one school has the potential to creep into his top three -- and, perhaps, take the overall top spot in the end.

“I’m trying to visit LSU before the summer ends,” Freeman said. “They’ve offered me. The tight end coach [Steve Ensminger] is my recruiter. I have a top three, but they can jump in there.”

And why LSU over the other offers, which include USC, Ohio State, Nebraska and Baylor?

“It’s a great school. What’s there not to like about LSU?” he said.

Freeman said he is leaning to making a decision before the start of the football season. He helped Bowie advance three rounds deep in the Texas Class 5A Division I state playoffs last fall.