Royce Freeman continued last week to become a national name with another big-time SEC offer to add to his ever-growing portfolio.
The four-star running back out of tiny Imperial, Calif., landed an offer from Florida and it came as a little surprise since he hadn't had too much communication with the Gators' coaching staff.
Still, the 6-foot, 210-pound running back said he's really excited about the offer and he will definitely consider Florida as his recruitment continues.
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"My coach told me a coach from Florida wanted to talk to me so I gave him a call and he explained what the situation was and that I had an offer," Freeman said.
"He said they saw me on film and they heard about me. I've been getting a little mail from them here and there. They've been trying to get in contact with me for a while, like three weeks or so, but I guess he couldn't. He got a hold of my coach and it went from there."
Freeman, who looked good at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp but hasn't done much else this off-season, said he doesn't know a ton about Florida yet but he's going to do his research.
Location could be an issue but Freeman said he'll have to see where he feels most comfortable and then going far from home might not be a major issue.
"I know they're in the SEC and that's a great school," Freeman said. "They always put people in the draft and they're one of the top schools in the SEC with Alabama and all them. I know they're a really fast team and that's pretty much all I know.
"I just have to see how I feel at the place. I don't want to rule them out just because of location. It's a great school so I'll have to take that into consideration also. With location I just have to see if I'm comfortable or not."
By the end of the spring evaluation period, Freeman said he should have an idea on some favorites.
So far, the four-star back has been offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin.
Freeman plans to attend Oregon's summer camp and he said an official visit there is also being considered. A trip to UCLA this fall could also be in the cards.