Royce Freeman has emerged as one of the top running backs seen so far this spring and the Imperial, Calif., four-star prospect has seen his recruitment take off recently.
The 6-foot, 210-pound prospect had his coming out party at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp recently and that firmly established him as someone to watch moving forward this off-season.
"I was very excited," Freeman said of his camp performance. "It was a new experience for me but it went really well."
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So far, Freeman has picked up offers from Cal, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Washington and Stanford was the latest to get involved late last week.
Two big-time Pac-12 programs are showing new interest and Freeman is also hearing from USC, Arizona, Arkansas and other top-flight teams.
"There has been a lot of new interest," Freeman said. "I've heard a lot from UCLA and Oregon and San Jose State so far.
"It's huge. It makes me feel like the work is paying off and I'm just going to keep working hard."
Imperial is a small town that's inland and close to the Mexican border so Freeman has not seen a tremendous amount of recruiting attention yet.
After his performance at the LA NIKE Camp and possible future stops leading up to his senior season, the four-star could prove to be one of the top running backs in the West.
Because his recruitment is just taking off, Freeman said he plans to remain patient and see what happens in the coming months.
"I'm just going to take it slow," Freeman said. "I'm going to focus on training and worry about recruiting later on."
In his junior season, Freeman finished with 2,482 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns on 201 carries.