Staff wins over Wazzu commit Freeman

Late Monday evening, offensive lineman Carlos Freeman (Midwest City, Okla./Midwest City) gave Washington State his verbal pledge and became the Cougars’ 16th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. On Tuesday, he explained why Washington State was his choice.

Simply put, it all had to do with the entire coaching staff -- and not just one or two coaches in particular. Freeman, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound interior lineman said the vibe he felt after speaking with head coach Mike Leach, offensive line coach Clay McGuire and recruiting and operations assistant Jarrail Jackson gave him an idea of which direction to steer with his process.

“There’s an abundance of mutual respect between us, and I feel they will push me to higher success,” Freeman said. “I am a big fan of what Coach McGuire and Coach Leach did at Texas Tech, so being considered by them now is a dream come true. I am grateful and feel extremely honored, and that’s what drove me to make this decision.”

Freeman had offers from Utah State and Dartmouth, and he also was receiving rising interest from Tulsa and Missouri. Freeman is expected to play either guard or center in college.

While his high school team isn’t faring well record-wise, Freeman has had a decent season individually. Committing to play in the Pac-12 will serve as a respectable consolation for one of the team’s hardest-working players.

“It feels great to know I have something to look for that’s very satisfying to me,” Freeman said. “I’m excited to visit next week, and I’m excited to become a Cougar.”