After having the chance to see Imperial High School running back Royce Freeman two weeks ago, I can say that I firmly buy into the hype that has surrounded him for the past year or so. The senior tailback made a verbal commitment to Oregon this past summer, choosing the ducks over the likes of Alabama, Florida, USC, and UCLA. He has great size for the running back position at 6’0 and 220 to go along with great vision and feet.
When Freeman finishes up his career for the Tigers here in a couple months, he will have solidified his title as one of the top football players in San Diego County History. He’s the best running back that San Diego has had since the star studded class of 2010 which included Dillon Baxter (USC/SDSU/Baker U), Brennan Clay (Oklahoma), Damien Williams (Oklahoma), and Ricky Seale (Stanford). Freeman is set to break the county’s all-time rushing record on Friday night, set by Escondido’s Ricky Seale in the 2009 season. Freeman has averaged 280 yards rushing per game this season, and only needs 205 yards to break Seale’s record of 6,390.
It wouldn’t surprise me if we were to see Freeman playing on Sundays in the near future like several San Diegans of the past; Reggie Bush, Rashaan Salaam, Ricky Williams, and Marcus Allen.
Assuming that Freeman signs a letter of intent with Oregon in February, I expect him to fill a need for Oregon, as a power back, that should complement their current speedsters De’anthony Thomas, Byron Marshall, and Thomas Tyner.