Phillip Freeman had been looking forward to officially visiting Mississippi State. The Bulldogs…
Freeman Makes It Official
Phillip Freeman Profile "I signed today," said Freeman Wednesday evening. "To tell you the truth I actually forgot it was signing day. I committed about a week ago, so I hadn't thought much about it since then. I got up and went to work and then when I got him I signed everything." For Phillip the signing of his national letter of intent was the climax of a long process. "It felt good to bring every thing to an end," said Freeman. "All the wondering is over and all of the calls. I felt good to be know where I was going." Coming out of Wesson High School Freeman was off the grid of college recruiters. Not one division one school offered the 6-6 offensive tackle a scholarship. Phillip elected to join the Wolfpack of Co-Lin where he became a success story of the Mississippi junior college ranks. "I felt like I had something to prove to be honest," said Freeman. "A lot of guys go to JuCo because of grades, but I went to prove myself. I felt that I could play for any team, if I got the chance. That's been my goal all along. I didn't want to give up on it. I always believed in myself even though I didn't get an offer out of high school." Phillip has gone from an unknown high school commodity to a highly sought after junior college prospect that is headed to the SEC. "I had a lot of offers and Mississippi State came in kind of late," said Freeman. "I wanted to be in the best conference. I may not be the best player or make a major impact, but I want to go prove myself. I want to go against the best." The standout lineman's family is proud and happy to see their son represent his home state. "My family is relieved that I am staying close to home and that's over," said Phillip. "I didn't talk with my family a lot about it when I was getting all of these early offers. A lot of them were far off and I didn't want my family to worry about all of that. They are glad to know where I am going and that I will be closer to home." Phillip has some advice for youngsters who may not get the chance to play big time college football right out of high school. "I would tell them to not let a second or a play go by," said Freeman. "You can't afford to waste any time. Every play is a second chance to prove yourself. Don't let it slip away." If anyone knows anything about second chances, it's Phillip.
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