Charlie Strong registered his first big win as Texas head coach on Thursday when he received a verbal commitment from Arlington Bowie linebacker Edwin Freeman.
Strong paid a visit to Bowie High School Thursday, the first day after the month-long recruiting dead period ended, to meet with Freeman and discuss how the four-star defender can fit into the new Texas defense.
The visit came a little before 2 p.m. Less than an hour later, Freeman’s decision was made public.
Finally got it out the way UT commit #hook'em
— Edwin Freeman (@Edcincoo) January 16, 2014
Freeman is an outside linebacker/safety hybrid who most project will play linebacker at the next level. He’s played both positions for Bowie, and that has enhanced his ability to play in space. In the wide open Big 12, a linebacker with coverage skills is a hot commodity.
The 6-foot, 212-pounder is No. 17 in the Statesman’s Fab 55. He played his recruitment close to the vest during the season, waffling back and forth between Texas and Texas A&M. The coaching change in Austin created even more doubts, but today’s face-to-face put any of Freeman’s doubts to rest.
“Everyone was waiting to finally meet (Strong) and to get a read on him,” Freeman’s high school coach Danny DeArmen said. “Strong was very convincing that he’s a player’s coach. Basically, Edwin was going to enjoy playing for him.”
247Sports Composite lists Freeman at No. 35 overall in the state of Texas and the 14th-best outside linebacker in the country.
The commitment brings Texas’ class back to 21 commitments and ranks 12th in the country, according to 247Sports Composite.
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