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Freeman getting noticed

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Royce Freeman had a tremendous junior season and the Imperial, Calif., four-star running back is starting to get serious attention from top programs.
Recently, the 6-foot, 210-pound prospect visited USC for its junior day and even though no offer was given out, Freeman said he was definitely interested in meeting all the coaches especially new position coach Tommie Robinson.
"Being around a lot of the top players and the coaches from USC definitely stood out during the trip," Freeman said.
"Right off the bat they expressed their importance of academics. That's what we dealt with first and then we got down to the nitty-gritty of football. Tommie Robinson is a good coach. He has his running backs work really hard and that's definitely a good thing."
So far, Freeman has landed offers from Oregon State and Washington with new interest coming in from Arizona, Arkansas, Cal, Tennessee and others.
Like many prospects who visited for the USC junior day, the message was the coaching staff wants to see them back at summer camp and Freeman is definitely open to taking another trip there.
"I'm guessing USC waits for their offers," Freeman said. "There was no real talk of anything like that during the trip."
Because Freeman is just starting to see his recruitment take off, the big running back is not even close to considering a commitment.
After rushing for 2,482 yards with 34 touchdowns on 201 carries in his junior season, Freeman said he knows he could see a tremendous uptick in recruiting heading into his senior year.
"I'm not ready to make a decision yet," Freeman said. "I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully get noticed by other schools as well."
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