Oscar Smith star safety Freeman commits to Indiana
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.”
Everette picks Navy
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.
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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.