Freeman Closing in on Final 10

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As 6-6, 270-pound Pelion (S.C.) offensive lineman Dalton Freeman heads into what will be his first official visit this weekend, he still has yet to narrow his list of schools. Schools are jockeying for position in hopes of landing in Freeman’s top 10, which should come out in the next week or two.

“[Dalton] is getting close to announcing his top 10,” Pelion head coach Ben Freeman said. “He was talking to another reporter the other night and he said he would try to do it by the end of next week. I guess he is trying to get that into his mind. A lot of people are calling now. People are wondering whether he is in their top 8 or 10 and if now what they could do to get in there.”

Virginia and Virginia Tech remain under consideration and Coach Freeman believes that there is a good chance these two programs make his son’s final 10.

“I think both of them are probably in his top 10 or 12,” Freeman said. “I don’t think either one has been written off at all. He got to visit both this summer, so he has a good feel for both schools and both coaching staffs. He doesn’t feel the urgency to get up there to those places because of his experiences this summer.”

Dalton has heard from many schools this month, but Virginia Tech is not one of them. Coach Freeman is not sure if Virginia Tech has decided to go in a different direction.

“The [Virginia Tech coaches] had told me when we were up there this summer that they would definitely be in touch with us before they filled a spot to let Dalton know,” Freeman said. “I think they will be in touch soon. Coach O’Cain is recruiting him and I like how he does it. He is not going to hound you. Dalton and I like that.”

UVa continues to recruit heavily and, in fact, will be represented at Pelion’s game tonight. Offensive line coach Dave Borbely is expected to stop by Pelion High School and then check out tonight’s game before heading back to Charlottesville.

“Virginia has been making a pretty hard push on him lately,” Freeman said. “I think they are trying to see if he is interested that much in them and whether they are willing to hold on much longer.”

This weekend, Freeman will head to Penn State for his first official visit. Coach Freeman believes Florida and Florida State may also get officials but nothing is set right now. Dalton

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