May 3, 2007

Bowden, Scott visit coveted Freeman

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Clemson's staff wants to make sure that Dalton Freeman knows how big of a priority he is for them. Head coach Tommy Bowden and top assistant Brad Scott swung by Pelion on Wednesday.

They couldn't meet with or directly address the 6-foot-6, 270-pound guard due to NCAA restrictions, but sure made an impression.

"From what I've been told it went real good," Freeman told on Wednesday evening. "Coach Bowden and coach Scott always do it well. They came last fall, too. They always roll in the front door and meet with the principal, the guidance counselors and all of the teachers. It's really good PR for them."

Subsequently it's time to spend a while with the prospect's father and head coach.

"Then they meet with my dad (Pelion head coach Ben Freeman)," the Palmetto state road-grader continued. "They do a great job of making sure to let everyone around me know that I'm a priority for them. It's nice of them to take time out of their busy schedules to do that. They do things the right way."

What's standing out to the highly regarded lineman about the option at Clemson now?

"First, I really like the coaching staff," he entailed. "They are the best around especially coach Scott. He's not only my recruiting coach but also would be my position coach. He's a great guy and that has a big impact on my decision. I feel at home when I go there - I like the atmosphere. Plus, it's a big-time program."

Freeman now has 18 offers in hand. Plus, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Central Florida, Illinois, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State, South Carolina, Clemson and Duke have all visited his school in the past two weeks.

North Carolina swung by on Thursday and Wake Forest is expected to stop on Friday.

The blue-chipper feels an offer from the Tar Heels could be next.

In the month of June alone, the interior mauler is planning to visit Colorado, Nevada, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech and check out Central Florida when he's on a family vacation to Daytona Beach.

How does his current leader board stack up?

"Clemson has the upper-hand in the big picture," the Midlands recruit admitted. "I'm leaning towards them. They were the first school to offer me. Wake Forest would be second with Virginia Tech and South Carolina in my top four."

The big man will be in attendance at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Combine on May 19 in Columbia.

Freeman recently wrapped up his spring sports season that saw him stand out in both golf and track. His best round on the links was an even par of 36 and he also tossed 44-feet in the shot put and 130-feet in the discus.

Academics are in great shape, as Freeman carries a stellar 4.3 GPA.

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