MIDWEST CITY – Carlos Freeman wanted to make sure his future after football was set.
Wednesday morning the Midwest City High School three-star offensive lineman signed a football letter of intent with Washington State, where he plans to major in construction management.
“A lot of kids they go off recruiting because of the name of a school and something like that,” Freeman said. “I'm like, ‘Yeah, the name is great, but you've got to think long term. You can't think just four years ahead.'
“I'm thinking, OK I want to go to a program, put in as much work as I can and see if I can make it to the level after. If I can't, that's OK. I'm going to have a really, really good option to settle back on.”
Midwest City coach Darrell Hall calls Freeman “a true Bomber,” pointing out his involvement in just about everything the school offers.
“He's just one of those all-around good people,” Hall said. “He participates in everything. He goes to power-lifting meets while wrestling season is going on, he'll go throw the disc for track and then you come up here one night and watch a play and he's on the stage.”
Freeman ranked 15th on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list and was a second-team All-State selection. He committed in October to Washington State after meeting the coaching staff, which includes multiple Oklahoma ties.
Washington State head coach Mike Leach is a former Oklahoma assistant. Recruiting and operations assistant Jarrail Jackson is a former OU standout. Assistant strength and conditioning coach Casey Kramer graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State.
Jackson actually recruited Freeman when he was at Dartmouth and made Freeman his first Division I offer.
“Come to find out there was a couple guys on the staff who went to OU and there was a couple of guys who had been around this area so some of them already knew about me, and that helped a lot for it being such a far distance,” Freeman said. “I really lucked out on that one.”
But for Freeman, being away from his brother Josh and his best friend Joel Davis will be the toughest part. Davis and Freeman have been best friends since the first grade, but Davis said Freeman will be buying an iPhone and they will Facetime each night.
“I don't know where I'd be without him today,” Davis said. “He's my accountability partner. We've been getting a lot closer with God. It's just amazing what God has blessed me with to have a best friend like him.”
Now, Freeman is Washington State's blessing.
“I've always been a fan of the underdog programs,” he said. “There's no doubt about it, we're going to have people that are kind of looking at us as underdogs. That's my favorite part about it.”