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KeShun Freeman’s Powerful Profile

By BJ Bennett
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KeShun Freeman, working towards the next level, is a 6'2'', 250-pound athlete with the versatility to line-up at multiple positions; his value doesn't end there.

I was fortunate enough to play and start all four years, I was fortunate enough to graduate. My time was really a great time.
~KeShun Freeman

KeShun Freeman played four years of major college football, starting every single season at defensive end at Georgia Tech. He compiled 159 total tackles and 20.5 tackles for loss, helping the Yellow Jackets defeat the likes of Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Virginia Tech in his career and winning the program's first Orange Bowl since 1952. Freeman, working towards the next level, is a 6'2'', 250-pound athlete with the versatility to line-up at multiple positions; his value doesn't end there.

As a highly-touted nearby recruit from LaGrange High School, Freeman, as it says on his official athletics bio and as he often refers, chose Georgia Tech because the school would challenge him to think. Freeman, in addition to his on-field talents, graduated in the top five percent of his class and was crowned "Mr. Callaway High School" as a reflection of his academics and behavior. Even early on, Freeman came to Atlanta with an all-inclusive set of goals, an experience, now in retrospect, he takes with him.

Football is an undeniable focus for Freeman. His current training is centered on improving his speed and strength as the pre-draft process reaches a fever pitch. Some feedback has suggested Freeman may be asked to play both defensive end and outside linebacker professionally, a potential transition he is attacking optimistically. Freeman recently participated in the Tropical Bowl, recording two tackles and a sack for a winning American side that held the National squad to just 253 total yards.

"I had a really good game, some really great practices, I got to show that I was a good pass rusher," Freeman nodded of his efforts in Daytona. "One day in practice they even let me drop into coverage. A lot of people just want to see how versatile I can be and that is a big part of what I am trying to do right now."

Clearly, Freeman, a two-time captain at Georgia Tech, will do whatever it takes to help his next team win; there is a profound depth that comes with that sense of service. Just as Freeman engulfed himself in multiple academic and athletic ventures while on the Flats, he made civic and community work a major priority. Freeman was a consistent volunteer as a student-athlete and further developed a passion that is a big part of who he is. By definition and, in some ways, by design, Freeman is a leader still looking to influence those around him.

The ability to make an impact for Freeman, recognized as a member of the 2016 AFCA Allstate Good Works Team, among other distinctions, goes beyond any measurables or stats.

"A big part of my time there was I did a lot of community service," Freeman added of his college career. "I love giving back to people because, at one point in my life, somebody had to support me in some way and I always feel that's it my job to go and support children in the hospital and things of that nature."

Freeman, with a degree from one of the nation's most prestigious institutions, leaves college with countless memories and zero regrets. There were ups and downs during his time at Georgia Tech, but every step taken went forward. Each of Freeman's experiences have him better prepared for all that lies ahead. The difference in winning and losing, in football and in life, is incredibly thin; playing in eight games decided by three points or less while with the Yellow Jackets, Freeman has been been right there in the trenches for years.

Ending the year with wins over Clemson, Georgia and Dak Prescott and Mississippi State, Georgia Tech's 2014 team will long be remembered in program lore. That fall, Freeman led the Yellow Jackets in sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hurries, trying for tops on the team with a pair of blocked kicks. Georgia Tech finished the season ranked as high as 7th in the national polls. Three years later, he represented the Yellow Jackets at the 2017 ACC Media Kickoff. 

"I was fortunate enough to play and start all four years, I was fortunate enough to graduate. My time was really a great time. I played on the Orange Bowl team, I even played on the 3-9 team, but throughout my whole time there I enjoyed every moment," Freeman added. "I feel like I grew a lot, I'm excited to see where I go from here."

Such a progression was the plan from the start.

"I chose Georgia Tech because I knew it would challenge me, not only with football but academically. I wanted to go to a school that could challenge me and make me stronger as a person," Freeman reflected. "We were able to learn life skills to and how to be better people and balance school and football."

Amidst all of the prospect assessments, Freeman, through training and workouts, is doing his own self-evaluations. He has already seen notable improvement. Freeman's outlook is a confident one ahead of Georgia Tech's upcoming pro day. The next challenge is simply another chance he is ready to make the most of.

Though the platform is changing, the mindset is not; Freeman is approaching the future with an inspiring mix of poignancy and persistence.

"I feel like I’ve had some strong moments at Georgia tech that can back me up, so I’m just excited to see where the process takes me. Hopefully this time next year I can look back on the process and think 'man, I made it' and be on a team. So, I’m just praying and keeping my faith, talking to my family, my agent and my trainer."

Freeman, true to the process and true to himself, sees it all the very same way.

"I’m just thankful for the opportunity to even be going through this process because this is the dream that unfortunately some kids don’t get to experience," he concluded. "For me to be so close, I’m not going to give up, I’m going to keep fighting, keep getting stronger and do what I have to do to so show kids all over that you can make it, you can do it, I'm here for you."

For those like Freeman, everything they have done will be analyzed and absorbed over the next couple of months. Opinions, as they always do, will vary. Still training to become the prospect he wants to be, Freeman, already, is the type of player you want on your team.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports