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Neal tight end Freeman set to move on to next level at Jacksonville State

By By BRUCE HIXON Sports Editor
Cory Freeman can only wonder what his senior season might have been if he had been able to stay healthy.
Freeman drew considerable interest from several Division I programs after a promising junior season, but most were scared away when Freeman was saddled with various injuries through his senior season last fall.
One school that was not scared away was Class I-AA member Jacksonville State, which signed the Blue Eagles tight end/linebacker to a national letter of intent Wednesday.
Freeman's senior season actually took a downhill turn last spring when he suffered a groin injury. It was an injury Freeman never completely recovered and played through the pain last fall. In addition, Freeman was saddled with a spider bite to his hip and then unknowingly played the last couple of games with a broken wrist.
Freeman is headed to Jacksonville State as a tight end although there is a chance he might get moved to the defensive side of the ball, possibly to defensive end.
If given a choice, Freeman would actually prefer to go to the defensive side.
Smothers said Freeman had a lot of areas that were attractive to Jacksonville State.
Smothers added while football is Freeman's ticket to college, the real value will be the education that comes along.