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July 15, 2013

One last visit for Freeman before deciding

Rivals250 safety Edwin Freeman knows his decision is coming. Freeman doesn't know exactly when he'll make a commitment, he just knows it will happen soon.

The Arlington Bowie product plans to decide before his senior season begins, meaning he has about six weeks left if he sticks to that plan. Freeman has openly stated that the Texas Longhorns are the leaders for his pledge, which has Longhorn fans wondering what the hold-up is on his decision.

According to Freeman, he wants to take a visit to an SEC power before making his final choice.

"After I go see LSU, I'll sit down with my family and talk it over with them," Freeman said when asked what's left of the recruiting process.

The 6-1 safety does not have a date set for the LSU visit, but he said he'll stick to his plans of visiting Baton Rouge before choosing from Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, LSU and Oklahoma. The Longhorns are the team to beat, and Freeman said he's not sure what a school like LSU could show him over the rest of the summer to change his list.

"I don't know. I'll just see if anything catches my eye," he said.

A big body that can line up at safety or linebacker, Freeman is currently weighing in at 215 pounds. He has added some weight and feels he's lost a bit of his speed, and his hope is that he'll get down to about 205 pounds before his senior season begins.

If he continues to add weight, Freeman could grow into a linebacker at the next level. He says he'll play wherever he's needed, but he's pretty open about his preference for staying in the defensive backfield.

"I can play linebacker or safety. My first love is safety," Freeman said. "I'm pretty open. Whatever I can get on the field, whatever spot, I'll take it."

Freeman camped at Texas in June and put on a strong showing. He said he's liked his visits to UT, including what he's seen of the city of Austin, and the Longhorns have been a childhood favorite of his.

"It's been my favorite school growing up. I've just always wanted to be a Longhorn," he said.

Former Arlington Bowie head coach Kenny Perry joined the TCU football staff in March as the Horned Frogs' director of high school relations. Fans have wondered if that move will ultimately put TCU over the top, but Freeman said he's determined to make his own decision.

"He's had a big impact. I've learned a lot from my coaches that are at Bowie, but this is my decision so it's not going to affect where I want to go," Freeman said. "I've got to do what's best for me."

A four-star prospect, Freeman ranks No. 126 on the Rivals250. He checks in at No. 19 on the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.


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