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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Watch List safety Freeman has top three

By William Wilkerson

ALLEN, Texas -- There is a growing sentiment among those tied in with ESPN Watch List safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) that TCU is the prevailing favorite right now.

It makes sense, given that Freeman’s former high school coach Kenny Perry was recently hired at TCU as its director of high school relations. So what does Freeman think of that notion?

“It doesn’t really matter,” Freeman said Sunday at the Nike Football Training Camp. “It is really my decision.”

Edwin Freeman
Edwin Freeman's top three consists of Texas, Texas A&M and TCU.
That’s music to the ears of the other schools who have offered him, especially Texas and Texas A&M, who, along with the Horned Frogs, are in his top three.

Freeman also has offers from Baylor, Houston, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC and West Virginia.

It might come as a surprise to some that Freeman lists Texas so high. He can be a tough read sometimes. He doesn’t get wrapped up in social media like so many his age.

“It’s overwhelming at first and it gets annoying,” Freeman said of the recruiting process. “I don’t even get on Facebook anymore because there is so much stuff from coaches.”

And with Texas having offered so many other safeties it seemed like the Longhorns and Freeman were headed in different directions.

That said, the Longhorns are in good graces with the 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety. He quietly came down to Texas during the spring game weekend and met with Longhorns coaches.

“I met with Coach [Bruce] Chambers and Coach [Mack] Brown,” he said. “They were just telling me that they needed me. They want me to play safety instead of linebacker.”

Freeman looks much more suited to be a linebacker right now, and thought so himself at the NFTC. But he’s fine with playing safety in college. In fact, he’d prefer it.

“But I am getting too big for that,” he said.

He might be right about that. Freeman worked with the linebackers at the NFTC. He switched between safety and linebacker for Bowie last season.

Freeman left Austin before the spring game but did get to visit other parts of the city first.

“I went down there last week and really liked it,” said Freeman, who doesn’t have plans to visit Texas again. “I went down to 6th Street. It was pretty cool. I thought it was going to be more country but it was in the city. It was pretty nice.”

He isn’t sure where Texas A&M wants him but he does know TCU likes him at linebacker.

That’s something Perry has made clear in the recruitment of his former start player.

“It’s kind of weird that he’s selling TCU (because he was always so open to other programs),” Freeman said. “He just keeps tabs on me and our coaches.”

Freeman isn’t in a rush to make a decision soon, but would like to get it out of the way before his senior season.