OKLAHOMA CITY (BVM) — On Feb. 2, recruits around the country signed their National Letters of Intent (NLI) and committed to the school of their dreams. Gavin Freeman was one of those athletes. He’ll be joining Brent Venables at Oklahoma as a preferred walk-on in Norman.
— gavin (@TheGavinFreeman) January 30, 2022
An Oklahoma City native, Freeman, was originally verbally committed to Texas Tech. But now with Venables in Norman, Freeman saw an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Freeman also had offers from Tulsa and Air Force Academy.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior hauled in 74 passes for 1,438 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final prep season at Heritage Hall. Freeman also rushed 14 times for 117 yards and four TDs. The No. 9 ranked player in Oklahoma, according to ESPN, is also drawing comparisons to another Heritage Hall alumnus, Wes Welker.
9 TD’s over 50 yds this season. pic.twitter.com/I9hee8fjcm
— gavin (@TheGavinFreeman) January 10, 2022
Welker played football at Texas Tech from 1999-2003 and went on to play for 12 years in the NFL. During his career, Welker caught 903 passes for 9,924 yards and 50 touchdowns and played in three Super Bowls.
Along with the comparisons to Welker, Freeman also has strong family connections to football and OU. His father, Jason Freeman, played tight end for the Sooners from 1995-98. Also, Gavin’s grandfather, Ron Freeman, was a legendary high school coach that won 150 games and is now enshrined in the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Now, as we move closer to the start of the football season, a lot of eyes are going to be on the Sooners. Coming off an 11-2 season and bringing in Coach Venables after the departure of Lincoln Riley, there could be a lot of pressure for the college football blue blood. Players like Gavin Freeman can help relieve that pressure and make the 2022 season a memorable one.
Gavin Freeman’s football journey has been a special one. And it’s going to get even better when he sets foot in Norman. He is an athlete that has a knack for making special plays and if he continues to make those plays at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, he could be remembered as one of the best to ever put on the crimson and cream.