October 2, 2007

Four-star lineman back from second visit

Dalton Freeman has racked up scholarship offers from nearly every program in the ACC and SEC. But the 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive lineman from Pelion (S.C.) decided he wanted to take a trip out to Big 12 country last weekend, after visiting a Big Ten school earlier this month.

Freeman visited Penn State the weekend of September 8th and Colorado for the Buffs' big win over Oklahoma last Saturday.

"It was great," Freeman said of his trip to Boulder. "It started out early in the morning because we had to get out there for kickoff but it was well worth it being able to see that great game."

Freshman offensive lineman Shawn Daniels served as his player host for the weekend.

"After the game we met with the Chancellor and that night we went to Coach Hawkins' house for dinner and their whole coaching staff was there and some of the players. That was neat. Sunday morning we got up and made breakfast and had meetings with the head coach and a couple of the other coaches and that was it.

"I had been out to Colorado already on an unofficial visit this summer. I knew I wanted to come back to see it, especially on game day so I could see Ralphie run and stuff like that. It was even better than I expected. The improvements they've made to their facilities is unbelievable. It was a good trip."

How did Freeman's trip to Colorado compare with his earlier visit to State College?

"They were both good; each in different ways," he said. "Penn State is just huge with a lot of football tradition and Colorado is kind of in that rebuilding phase and their facilities are getting to that point. Their team unity is great and they are going to become great."

Freeman has not lined up any other official visits yet. But he mentioned Florida State, Tennessee, Clemson and Florida as programs he is looking at for his remaining three official trips.

A two-way starter at the high school level, Freeman projects as an offensive lineman for the college level. He is ranked by Rivals.com as the ninth best recruit from South Carolina this recruiting cycle.

Freeman also excels in the classroom, where he maintains an impressive 4.3 grade point average.

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