Freedom HS Boasts Three Top Players

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Freedom High School (Morganton, NC) Head Coach Tim McMahon is excited about his 2004 squad, and for good reason. He returns several key players, three of which have the potential to earn Division I-A scholarships. One of those players, cornerback Jordan Hemby, has already earned four Division I-A offers.

The 5-11 ½, 185 pound Hemby displayed his blazing speed and excellent athleticism during four 2004 summer camps – Clemson, NC State, UNC, and Virginia Tech. He left each camp with a scholarship offer from the respective school.

“He hasn’t left the field at any of the camps without receiving an offer,” McMahon said of Hemby. “I believe he’s been the fastest player at each camp. He’s run low 4.4s or high 4.3s everywhere he’s been.”

Hemby played defensive back for the first time in his high school career last season as a junior. He made an estimated five interceptions before schools started throwing away from his side of the field. Hemby’s athleticism is what separates him from other top defensive back prospects.

“His athletic ability and speed separate him,” McMahon said. McMahon will play Hemby at tailback and wide receiver on offense and corner on defense this season. “He has the ideal body of a cornerback. He back-pedals very well, he’s quick, and he has explosive speed. He’s a prototypical cornerback. He’s an excellent athlete with size and speed and vertical jumping ability. He jumped 38-inches at the Clemson camp.”

McMahon believes the only knock on Hemby would be lack of experience. While that is a negative right now, it is a positive considering the potential Jordan has for future years.

“The only thing he needs is experience, and that will come about over time,” McMahon said. “He’s so talented athletically, he makes up for the lack of experience. And the more he plays, he’s just going to get better and better.”

Clemson, NC State, UNC, and Virginia Tech are Hemby’s only offers right now. All are recruiting him as a defensive back. The more teams hear about him, the more offers will likely come his way.

“Word’s starting to get out on his speed,” McMahon said. “If more teams had known about him [earlier this year], there’s no telling how many offers he’d have right now.”

In terms of a decision, McMahon believes Jordan will take a methodical approach to the recruiting