Os­car Smith star safety Free­man com­mits to In­di­ana

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By Larry Rubama Staff writer

CH­E­SA­PEAKE — Os­car Smith safety Mau­rice Free­man kept a watch­ful eye on ev­ery­thing that tran­spired last week in­volv­ing the Vir­ginia High School League’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee de­ci­sion on the start of the foot­ball sea­son.

When the com­mit­tee de­cided to im­ple­ment a con­densed schedule to re­open high school sports, mov­ing the foot­ball reg­u­lar sea­son kick­off to March, Free­man made the de­ci­sion that would be best for him.

So, on his mother Yaketta McIn­nis’ birth­day, Free­man com­mit­ted to In­di­ana. He will skip his se­nior high school foot­ball sea­son and head to Bloom­ing­ton in Jan­uary.

“The sea­son got can­celed and I’m not try­ing to lose my schol­ar­ship,” he said. “I think it’s smart for you to make your de­ci­sion early and lock your­self into your po­si­tion with the col­lege. I’m com­mit­ting early so I can leave in De­cem­ber.”

Free­man, 6 feet and 190 pounds, is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports. The site also rates him the No. 13 ris­ing se­nior in Vir­ginia and the No. 39 safety in the coun­try. He had more than 20 of­fers and nar­rowed them to In­di­ana, Illi­nois, Mis­sis­sippi and Ap­palachian

State. He also had of­fers from Ge­or­gia Tech, Pitts­burgh, Louisville and Vir­ginia Tech.

Last sea­son, he fin­ished with 51 tack­les, in­clud­ing 40 solo. He also had 14 tack­les for loss, three forced fum­bles and one fum­ble re­cov­ery to help lead the Tigers to the Class 6 state ti­tle game.

Os­car Smith coach Chris Scott called Free­man “one of the most phys­i­cal play­ers that I have coached.” He said Free­man is “fast, ex­plo­sive and pow­er­ful.”

Scott said Free­man’s fu­ture is bright.

“I think the coaches at the next level will love his play­mak­ing abil­ity on spe­cial teams,” he said. “And on de­fense, he will make an im­pact in the se­condary as well as blitz­ing and pres­sur­ing QBs. He has a skill set that could al­low him to play on Satur­days and Sun­days.”

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Mean­while, Norview’s Dono­van Everette com­mit­ted to Navy. Everette, 6-3 and 215 pounds, was rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports. He was rated the No. 67 ris­ing se­nior in Vir­ginia and the No. 118 weak-side de­fen­sive end in the na­tion. Everette, who had 11 sacks last sea­son, also had of­fers from Mary­land, Army and Wil­liam & Mary.

Larry Rubama, 757-575-6449, larry.rubama@pi­lo­ton­line.com

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Os­car Smith’s Mau­rice Free­man, left, and Sher­rod Covil, right, tackle South County’s Keyshawn To­ran in the Class 6 state fi­nal in De­cem­ber 2019. Free­man has com­mit­ted to play for In­di­ana in 2021.

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