Grandview, Mo., quarterback/athlete Josh Freeman admits he wasn't on his A-game when he was Ann Arbor NIKE Training Camp. After the camp was over, he confessed to himself and to others that he was exhausted from other camps, travel, and he didn't get a chance to show everybody what he really had.
That changed on Saturday at the EA Sports Elite 11 Regional Workout in Las Vegas. Freeman, a Nebraska Cornhusker commitment, was one of the better quarterbacks at the workout, impressing camp directors and receiving regular praise from quarterback coach Bob Johnson.
"I think I did all right," Freeman said. "I felt I made a lot more accurate and stronger throws than I did up in Michigan. I knew it was going to be really important to come out here and give it my all. I was rested and ready, and I think I have a good shot at making this thing."
Freeman will have to wait like many other quarterbacks for Student Sports and EA Sports to announce the final three spots for the Elite 11. The decisions on who makes it and who doesn't could come later this week and it'll be a tough one because Freeman wasn't the only impressive quarterback on hand Saturday.
Yet, Freeman did admit that he gave it his all.
"I wanted to give it my best shot," he said. "I know I really impressed coach Johnson because he kept telling me that I was doing a good job and that I looked a lot better. I really want to make this thing, but if I don't I know that I did everything that I could to get in. I had a very good workout."
Chicago Morgan Park quarterback Demetrius Jones was impressed with Freeman and during the workout it looked like the two struck up a quick friendship.
"To be able to do some of the things that he does with his size is beyond words," Jones said. "He's one of the biggest quarterbacks that I've ever seen and he's so fundamentally sound. He's got the size and the skill, and I was very impressed with him."
There is absolutely no doubt where Freeman will be playing his college football.
He was decked out with Nebraska Cornhusker gear before and after the camp, making it clear to everybody that he is proud to be heading to Lincoln. Heck, even at the airport while waiting for his flight back to Kansas City, Freeman was seen with his black Nebraska hat and Husker red and white T-shirt on.
"It's a huge relief to have the decision out of the way," Freeman said. "It feels good to know where you're going and you don't have to worry. It was the right decision for me, and now I can go out there and focus on my senior season."