Tom Allen fired off not one, but two #LEO tweets on Saturday afternoon.
It’s been a good weekend for the Indiana football coach.
Hours after offensive tackle Joshua Sales announced his commitment to IU, Allen received a verbal pledge from three-star safety Maurice Freeman. The Chesapeake, Va. product is considered the No. 13 overall prospect in his home state and the No. 39 safety nationally, per 247 Sports. He chose Indiana over finalists Illinois, Ole Miss and Appalachian State. Virginia Tech, George Tech and Louisville were among the other programs to offer.
Because the state of Virginia has moved the start of high school football season to March, Freeman is aiming to graduate early and enroll at IU for the spring semester, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
“I think the coaches at the next level will love his play making ability on special teams,” Freeman’s high school coach, Chris Scott, told the local paper. “And on defense, he will make an impact in the secondary as well as blitzing and pressuring QB’s. He has a skill set that could allow him to play on Saturdays and Sundays.”
As a junior last fall, Freeman posted 51 tackles, including 40 solo stops and 14 for loss. He’s the latest defensive back to join IU’s 2021 class, which also includes Florida prospects Larry Smith and Aubrey Burks and Georgia athlete Jordan Grier.
Although IU’s current 13-man class is ranked 11th in the Big Ten and 58th nationally in the 247 Sports database, the average rating per player (.8628) is the highest in program history.