Thursday, April 11, 2013
Ducks make 'big' offer to Watch List RB
By Brandon P. Oliver
After offering RB Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale) earlier this week, the Oregon Ducks pulled the trigger on an offer to a second West Coast junior running back when ESPN Watch List prospect Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif./Imperial) was issued what he calls a "big" offer by Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell on Thursday.
"Man, that's a big offer," Freeman said. "They are one of the top schools out there, and it just makes me want to work harder to prove myself."
ESPN Watch List RB Royce Freeman picked up an offer from Oregon on Thursday.
Freeman's hard work has paid off to this point. With an offer list consisting of schools like Arkansas, Cal, Florida State, Nebraska, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and now Oregon, among others, Freeman has college coaches far and wide salivating at the thought of working with him during his college career. Campbell, Oregon's longtime running backs coach who has helped every Ducks starting RB since 1994 make the NFL, felt that way after doing his due diligence and a thorough evaluation on Freeman.
"I've been talking to coach Campbell for about a month now," Freeman said. "He said they did all of their information gathering and background checks before they evaluated me on film as a staff. He said they like the type of player I was and they decided to offer me."
The 6-foot, 220-pound ESPN Watch List prospect is built like a like a mix of Jonathan Stewart and Adrian Peterson, so to say he is physically ready to play college football before the end of his junior year would be an understatement. While he has years of improvement ahead to reach the level of either player, he has the frame, skills and work ethic to make himself a known quantity.
Freeman attended USC's junior day earlier this spring and plans to attend Oregon's camp this summer with a high school teammate. Aside from the trip to Oregon, Freeman doesn't have any other planned visits to schools at this time. He intends to wait to make a college decision until after he has a chance to take his official visits.
"I want to take my time and take my official visits so I can get an idea of what each school is like," Freeman said. "If something happens before then that makes me feel like I know where I want to go, then I might commit. But for now, I plan to wait and see what's right for me."