Dalton Freeman Starts Visits

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Pelion (S.C.) OL Dalton Freeman , one of the most highly recruited linemen out of the state of South Carolina in the 2008 recruiting class, began his late spring/summer unofficial visits on Monday with a trip to the University of Tennessee. The trip to Knoxville is just the beginning of a busy summer for the 6-6, 270-pound rising senior.

Pelion head coach Ben Freeman provided the latest on his son’s decision making process. He commented on the recent trip to Knoxville.

“It was good,” Ben Freeman said of his son’s trip to Tennessee. “He had been there before for a game his sophomore year. I was recruited by them when I was in high school, so it was nice to see everything again. I think Dalton enjoyed it, too. He likes Coach Fulmer a lot. He had a chance to spend a lot of time with the offensive line coach. The facilities are tremendous. It was a good visit.”

The family heads out for vacation next week and along the way will stop by the University of Colorado. Other set visits include Penn State on June 19th and Virginia Tech on July 9th. They would like to head to the University of Virginia around the same time as the Virginia Tech visit, but they have yet to coordinate a specific date with the UVa coaches.

Other potential summer visits include Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Both Georgia programs have offered, while Florida has shown strong interest of late and would like for Dalton to make a visit before offering.

By the end of the summer, Dalton hopes to narrow his list of schools (he currently has 21 scholarship offers). Will he then make official visits this fall?

“He hasn’t really decided,” Freeman answered. “I think he would like to go through the summer and make as many unofficials as he can. He will try to narrow it down to a top six or eight. He’ll decide from there where he wants to do official visits or if he wants to take any at all. He may decide if he has a top one.”

Is location a factor?

“Not really,” Freeman replied. “He has said all along that he will go somewhere where he feels at home. He thinks he’ll know it once he steps on the campus. I don’t think he has 100-percent felt that yet. Some have been closer than others, but not at 100-percent.”

Clemson was the first school to offer and has done a great job up to this point. The Tigers are certainly strong in this race. Other programs