When it rains, it pours, and the 2014 recruits are pouring into the Oregon football family already. Five-star Running back Royce Freeman is the Ducks most recent recruit and did so in typical Oregon fashion. The announcement was first reported by DuckTerritory.com’s Justin Hopkins who quoted Freeman as stating, “I’m a Duck. I’m done with recruiting.” Short, simple and to the point.
The 6-foot, 227-pound Southern Californian chose the Ducks over a bundle of other respectable and highly sought after programs. The Ducks were the winner of Freeman’s short list which included Florida, UCLA and USC. In his junior season at Imperial High School, Freeman rushed for 2,482 yards and 34 touchdowns.
“(I committed because) the coaching staff has been here for a long time and they know what they’re doing, and the program’s tradition,” Freeman told Erik McKinney of ESPN.com. The longevity of the coaching staff at Oregon that Freeman is referring to is most likely about running backs coach Gary Campbell (30 years), running game coordinator/offensive line coach Steve Greatwood (26 years) and defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti (21 years). Freeman will presumably spend the majority of his career at Oregon with Campbell and Greatwood who, with a combined 56-years of experience have turned out stars such as LeGarrette Blount, LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner among others.
ESPN ranks Freeman as the 11th-best back in his class, while 247sports.com has Freeman as the second-best running back in 2014. The Ducks have now landed eight recruits for their 2014 class. Stay tuned to FishDuck for all the latest on Oregon football recruiting.