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May 15, 2003
What a difference a little expsure can make. For Brownwoods Kirby Freeman, a matter of hours may have changed his life forever.
Freeman, a 6-3, 190-pound quarterback that is a threat through the air or on the ground, spent some time in College Station earlier this month as a participant in the Nike Camp and his efforts are opening doors all over the country.
It was a rocket booster. There were some definite changes, Freeman said about the exposure he received after the even.
Those changes? How about seeing his list of offers jump from under five to more than 20. Among those who have extended formal invites are Purdue, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, North Carolina State, UCLA, Wisconsin and TCU.
Not a bad days work. But, there is one more potential offer that could change Freemans entire recruiting landscape.
Right now my top five has changed, he said. University of Miami was not there, but since then theyve called and they came and watched me practice (on Tuesday). Theyre supposed to get back with me in the middle of next week, good or bad. Their quarterback coach is supposed to talk to coach Coker. Then next week theyre supposed to call me and tell me if I have an offer or not. If that were to happen, Miami would be the place for me. After that, you have Purdue at second and then Oklahoma State and Nebraska.
Should the Hurricanes come forward with an offer, Freeman said a move on his part could happen very quickly
If Miami calls me with an offer, Ill probably give myself one day to think about it and talk it over with my family, he said.
About the Boilermakers, who sit right behind the Canes atop his list, Freeman said Purdue is recruiting me really, really hard. Their style of offense is very appealing and you look at a guy coming out of high school like Drew Breese who really wasnt even heard of until he got to college. Purdue turned him into a great quarterback and now hes very successful in the NFL.
At the Nike Camp, which played host to several top-flight prospects, Freeman was the cream of the crop. His passing displays were unrivaled by any player in attendance and he also reeled off a 4.62 40-yard dash and a jaw-dropping 3.94 shuttle time.
With Freeman set to graduate early and enroll at the college of his choice next spring, he said he would like to make his decision in the next three or four weeks.
Right now I feel like Ill either be in Florida or Indiana, he said. I feel like I would be very happy in both places. It pretty much boils down to that if Miami offers thats where Im heading. If not, then Purdue is the place for me.