KeShun Freeman wasn’t going to miss it.
Freeman is already enrolled at Georgia Tech, giving him a head start over the other incoming freshmen on the football team.
Freeman made sure to be at Callaway High on Wednesday for national signing day, though.
Freeman wanted to be there to support his fellow seniors and to be a part of a special day.
“It’s a great feeling. They’ve all worked so hard,” Freeman said. “I keep telling everybody, without them, I wouldn’t have had the offers I had. They worked hard for it. I’m proud of them.”
Freeman was a senior linebacker on the 2013 team that went 12-2 and made it to the semifinals of the Class AAA state playoffs.
Freeman made a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech last summer, and he signed his letter of intent in December.
Freeman was eligible to enroll early at Georgia Tech, and he took advantage of that and began life as a college student in January.
“It’s been a lot of fun. I enjoy it a lot,” Freeman said. “I have classes that I can handle. The workouts, they’re coming along. They’re a lot different from high school. The speed is different. But I’m enjoying it.”
Most freshmen have to wait until late summer to join their college teams, but if students qualify, they can enroll early in college.
Freeman was an exceptional student at Callaway, and he was ready to begin life as a college student.
“It’s a really a good thing for me,” Freeman said. “I get the extra spring (practice), and the workouts, and the conditioning and everything. I get more exposure. I think it’s working out pretty good.”
Freeman is one of the prized signees for Georgia Tech, and head coach Paul Johnson is thrilled to have him.
“He’s going to have spring ball and we’re excited,” Johnson said. “He was heavily recruited and had a bunch of offers. We’re hopeful that he can come in and fill a void rushing the passer off the edge at defensive end.”
Freeman’s intention is to get some major playing time as a freshman.
“I want to play,” Freeman said. “That’s my goal.”
Freeman and the other seniors have left behind quite a legacy that culminated with the remarkable 2013 season.
“Our freshman year, we came into high school with big dreams,” Freeman said. “We always used to say we wanted to be the best players that came through Callaway. We’ve done a lot of things, set some records. I’m proud of this class.”