DEL CITY — Del City football coach Nick Warehime talks about Davion Freeman’s speed and vision, his incredible statistics and his knowledge of the game.
And then the coach points to one of Freeman’s qualities that might be a little underrated in recruiting these days.
“He can also carry on a conversation with an adult,” Warehime said. “That matters, too, doesn’t it?”
Even more impressive, Freeman talks about the right things.
“This is a kid who has been starting for us since late in his freshman year,” Warehime said. “He’s been on the varsity basketball team. He ran the third leg on the 400-meter relay team that was the runner-up at state. But if you visited with him, you wouldn’t know any of that.
“He’s not a prima donna. He’s just been a quiet performer.”
Performer is the key word when it comes to his recruitment. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior returned eight kicks or punts for touchdowns last season, and he has the skills to play either cornerback or slot receiver.
Rated No. 14 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, Freeman has scholarship offers from New Mexico, New Mexico State, Arkansas State, North Texas and Wyoming already, and more are likely to come.
As for what he’ll play at the next level, colleges are taking more of a wait-and-see approach.
“North Texas is the only school that sees me just as a corner,” Freeman said. “The other schools think I can play either way.”
And every school recruiting him likes his kick return ability.
“His speed and his vision are incredible,” Warehime said. “There are times when it looks like he’s trapped back there, but you stand on the side and can just tell, ‘OK, he’s gonna get out of this.’ And he does.
“He’s been working a lot with Mike Woods, who played at OU, and that’s really helped him at corner. Davion listens and learns. He soaks it up.”
Freeman has no plans to rush into any decisions regarding his recruitment.
“I’m just taking my time,” he said. “We’ll see how the season goes, and see what I’ve got, and I’ll choose from there.”
The Oklahoman’s Super 30
No. 14: Davion Freeman
School: Del City
Weight: 160 pounds
Offers: Arkansas State, North Texas, New Mexico, New Mexico State and Wyoming, with several bigger programs showing interest.