Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof loves his linebackers, and the Yellow Jackets have several good ones coming in the 2014 recruiting class. One of the earliest commits who has already signed with Tech is outside linebacker, KeShun Freeman.
Freeman, a product of Hogansville, Ga. (Callaway HS), committed to the Jackets back in June, and then took advantage of early enrollment this month, which will allow him to participate in spring ball.
The fact that this studious (he carries a 4.0 GPA) defender chose Georgia Tech is a big win for Paul Johnson’s staff, as Freeman had 22 different offers, including Clemson, Miami (Fl), Ole Miss and Harvard (yeah, you read that correctly…Harvard)
The 6’2, 225 lb linebacker is exactly what Roof likes on his defense. Freeman is quick off the ball, and pursues to sideline well. He’s got great athleticism and even possesses some pass defense skills with a quick burst from the line. But the one quality that will be of particular value to the Tech defense is Freeman’s ability to rush the passer.
Whether Freeman lines up as an outside linebacker or defensive end, Roof and head coach Paul Johnson are going to look for him to compete as one of the team’s top pass-rushers. Losing DE Jeremiah Attaochu is going to take away a lot of sack and QB pressure stats, and Freeman is a top contender to help make up for that.
Look for Freeman to start contributing as a Freshman, as it would seem unlikely that he’ll be redshirted in his freshman year. He should not only get a lot of playing time on defense, but will be excellent on special teams as well with his speed and aggressive style.