Devonta Freeman, a talented running back out of Miami Central high school has committed to Florida State. Freeman is one of if not the best running back in the Dade/ Broward/ Palm Beach area. Freeman stands 5'10" and is believed to weigh in anywhere from 195 lbs to 215 lbs, as reports have him this summer. It is undisputed, however, that Freeman has recently added a lot of muscle to his frame. Devonta was the backup to 4-star running back Brandon Gainer (Kentucky Commitment) last season, so he flew a bit under the radar. Before that he played for Miami Edison. This Spring, however, he has exploded onto the scene, earning offers from Florida State and Auburn, among others. Florida is expected to offer as well.
The first thing you notice about Freeman's film is his toughness. A hard-nosed runner with excellent forward lean. Though he played injured last season at 5'9" 185, he is very difficult to bring down. Freeman aggressively hits the hole and doesn't dance much. Freeman really does a nice job exploding out of his cuts, as opposed to some backs who must gather themselves and lose speed. Freeman had good but not great speed. When you watch his tape, he does not seem to be a huge home-run threat, but then you remember he is playing in Florida's top division (6A football). Nobody playing 6A football in Dade County is that much faster than everyone else. Freeman also is very willing to block and does a nice job catching the ball. In a nutshell, he is a tough, no-nonsense runner who was already impressive last year when he was a bit undersized and injured. Now healthy and continuing to mature physically (he has packed on at least 10 lbs of muscle this Summer), look for him to really explode onto the scene this year.
Having produced five All-SEC running backs in his career, Florida State running backs coach Eddie Gran definitely knows his backs and Freeman reportedly wowed the staff at the recent Jimbo Fisher camp. This is another example of Florida State's staff being out in front of other staffs. Freeman is listed as a two-star on ESPN and Scout, and has not yet been evaluated by Rivals. We suspect that is due to his limited role last season behind Brandon Gainer.
Freeman is Florida State's 14th commitment of the 2011 class, which is shaping up to be one of the best in the country. For more on all of FSU's commitments, see the Recruiting Board. Freeman is not already qualified, but Miami Central's top three players last year were not either at this point and they were all able to make the grades.
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