Cavaliers’ Freeman shines at receiver
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
He’s found his niche.
Before he arrived at Callaway High, Jacob Freeman had played multiple positions on a football field, but he’d never been a wide receiver.
“All I played growing up was quarterback and running back,” Freeman said. “My first time playing receiver was in the ninth grade when I got some starting time.”
Turns out, Freeman had a knack for being a wide receiver, and he has developed into an elite player at that position who has offers from big-time college programs from coast to coast.
Freeman played quarterback for most of the 2018 season before moving back to wide receiver late in the regular season, and he helped the Cavaliers reach the semifinals of the state playoffs.
As Callaway prepares for a new season, Freeman is entrenched as a wide receiver, with Demetrius Coleman set to take the snaps at quarterback.
“For me to excel like this, I’m just thanking God,” Freeman said. “I never thought about being a receiver.”
Freeman, whose older brothers KeShun Freeman and Michael Freeman were defensive standouts at Callaway, has been making an impact since his freshman season when the Cavaliers went 13-1 and made it to the state semifinals.
In 2017, Jacob Freeman was a big-play receiver for a Callaway team that went 11-2, and he also threw a handful of touchdown passes on trick plays.
Freeman stepped in and filled a void at quarterback last season, and he played well before moving back to wide receiver for the regular-season finale. With Coleman at quarterback and Freeman at receiver, Callaway’s offense took off, and the team was a few plays away from playing for a state championship.
Now, Freeman is the headliner of a talented wide-receiver corps, with Coleman ready to spread the ball around.
Callaway also has one of the state’s best running backs in Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby, so if a new-look offensive line comes together, the offense shouldn’t have much trouble putting points on the board.
“We’ve got all our weapons back, skill-wise,” Freeman said. “We’ve got me, Markus Morman, Jymere Jones, Nez (Antinez Blount), and we’ve got some upcoming guys. Not only are the starters are going to be good, but our second-stringers will, too. They’re not really even second-stringers. They’re like the sixth man (in basketball).”
Freeman was also a key contributor on the 2018-2019 basketball team that made it to the state quarterfinals.
This summer, Freeman has been splitting his time between both sports, and while that doesn’t allow for much down time, he’s not complaining.
“Being a football player you don’t really have a summer, and I’ve also been playing summer basketball,” Freeman said. “It’s workouts, practice, workouts, practice, but I’m not going to bash it, or take it for granted, because I know this is my last year.”
When Freeman’s time at Callaway is done, he’ll play college football somewhere, although he hasn’t decided where.
Freeman has no shortage of offers, including one from Georgia Tech, where his brother KeShun Freeman was a four-year starter on the defensive line.
Jacob Freeman received his Georgia Tech offer during a seven-on-seven passing competition in June.
“That’s my brother’s alma mater, so when they first gave (the offer) to me I was smiling,” Freeman said. “It was during the seven-on-seven, so that just boosted my tempo up even more. And KeShun was right there when I got it.”
As flattering as that and all of the offers are, Freeman is in no hurry to make a decision.
“I don’t want to rush it,” Freeman said. “I’m just trying to soak in everything. I’m just taking my time.”