The Virginia Tech Hokies have gotten off to a solid start with recruiting for the Class of 2016 with four commits in 3-star QB Logan Byrd, 3-star DBs Myles Wolfolk and Kareem Felder, and 3-star WR Connor O’Donnell who is committed to a grayshirt offer currently.
However, the Hokies are looking to continue to add on to what is a solid foundation to their Class of 2016, and they may poach a former high school teammate of CB Mook Reynolds.
C.J. Freeman is a four-star running back from Greensboro, North Carolina who was teammates with Reynolds as Northern Guilford High School. Freeman has seen his stock slowly rise into being a four-star recruit though his number of offers is surprisingly low.
Freeman currently has four offers from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wake Forest though that number will definietly be going up very quickly soon with the Moutaineers and Demon Deacons offering within the last 7 days.
Freeman is raned as a three-star recruit by Rivals, but ESPN and the 247 Sports Composite both have him as a four-star recruit. Freeman is ranked as the 315th best player and 23rd best running back by the 247 Sports Composite while ESPN has him as the 219th best junior and 24th best running back.
Freeman has dominated at high school with two seasons with over 1,600 rushing yards and a total of 45 rushing touchdowns in two years (18 in 2013, 27 in 2014). Freeman averaged 8.9 yards per carry last season which is absolutely incredible at any level after averaging a very good 6.8 yards per carry as a sophomore.
Virginia Tech and South Carolina definitely are the early leaders for C.J. Freeman who seems likely to commit sometime in the next few months.
South Carolina has had some very good running backs recently including Marcus Lattimore and Mike Davis. However, the fact that Steve Spurrier has even said that he may not be around for more than a few more seasons will be used against the Gamecocks by everyone including Virginia Tech.
Frank Beamer is also one of the oldest head coaches, but Beamer has not said anything that would make recruits question how long he will be in Blacksburg unless the Hokies were to fire him. The Hokies have done a fairly good job of recruiting North Carolina players recently and Freeman definitely could be the next one.
The biggest connection for the Hokies with Freeman is through CB Mook Reynolds who became a valuable recruiter for a few other guys this past recruiting cycle. However, Reynolds really wants his high school teammate to join him in Blacksburg, and that has really helped along with what was a very good Junior Day visit for Freeman.
Right now, the Hokies are the favorites to get C.J. Freeman, and they have no plans on letting up on their recruitment of him.