Pelion (S.C.) head football coach Ben Freeman has reason to feel proud these days. His son, Dalton Freeman , has tallied close to 20 scholarship offers. Coach Freeman is proud of his 6-6, 270-pound son, and is even prouder of the work ethic his son has displayed to get to this point.
“It is a dream come true,” Freeman said of his son’s success. “He has really worked hard and tried to make himself as good as he can be. He has a lot of self motivation, which is a great trait for him. I haven’t had to push him.”
Coach Freeman played football at Wake Forest and his other son was a kicker at Newberry College, so Dalton has grown up around the game of football. Dalton’s size and football savvy are two traits college coaches admire, but there are more reasons as to why he is a commodity.
“The number one thing all of the college coaches say is that Dalton is athletic,” Coach Freeman said. “He is not a big kid that lumbers. He is very mobile and he changes direction well. That’s what offensive line coaches are looking for. They can see good flexibility with him. He bends well. And he’s strong. Another thing in his favor is that he is young…he’ll be 17 in June, so he’s one of the youngest in his class. Of course, they also see his size. I’m 6-5 and he’s a little taller than me. He is about 270 pounds, but he still has a 38-inch waist. He has a great frame.”
A versatile line prospect, Freeman played center his freshman year and has played left guard each of the past two seasons. Most college coaches like him as a guard on the next level, but some have mentioned tackle as well.
“I think that’s a plus for him,” Coach Freeman said of his son’s versatility.
Clemson, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Maryland, N.C. State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are among the programs that have already offered Freeman. This past week alone, Freeman received three more scholarship offers.
Some schools, including UVa and UNC, are showing heavy interest but would like to see him in person first before offering.
“I played for Coach [Al] Groh at Wake Forest. My senior year was his first year as head coach,” Coach Freeman said. “As high as the Virginia coaches are on Dalton, they have a policy not to offer until they see him in person....
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