Jan. 15, 2008
A new year has brought three mid-year additions to the 2008 Baylor football roster, as quarterback Kirby Freeman, quarterback Robert Griffin and inside receiver Romie Blaylock enrolled Monday and went through the Bears' first winter conditioning workout under the direction of new strength coach Kaz Kazadi in the afternoon.
"We are excited to have all three of these young men on campus and in our program getting ready for spring ball," said Baylor head coach Art Briles. "We believe all three have an opportunity to step in and contribute next fall."
Freeman, a transfer from Miami (Fla.), has already received his undergraduate degree in sports administration and was granted a waiver late last week from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to play immediately without being required to sit out a year in residence. He will have one season of eligibility remaining at Baylor.
A native of Brownwood, Texas, the 6-3, 214-pound Freeman made seven career starts under center for the Hurricane--the final four games of the 2006 campaign and three this past season. In 24 career games over three seasons, he completed 92 of 197 passes (46.7 percent) for 1,311 yards, 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Freeman threw for a career-high 272 yards and two touchdowns while also running for another score in Miami's 21-20 win over Nevada on New Year's Eve at the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho.
At Brownwood High School, Freeman played for his father, Steve, and was a SuperPrep All-American who was rated among the nation's top preps following his senior season. He was rated the nation's No. 12 quarterback and the No. 13 overall prospect in Texas by SuperPrep, while Rivals.com ranked him No. 16 in the state. In his final two seasons of high school ball, the younger Freeman passed for 2,941 yards and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 2,091 yards and 32 scores. He was named the 2003 Class 4A-5A All-Big Country Defensive Player of the Year for his work as a punter (43.7-yard average) by the Amarillo Reporter-News.
Griffin, a 2007 first-team Waco Tribune-Herald Super CenTex selection as a utility player, was a standout quarterback at Copperas Cove (Texas) High School. Currently ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Griffin graduated from Copperas Cove in December to get an early jump on his collegiate career. He is rated as the nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com and is also listed 44th on the Rivals Texas Top 100 list.
The 6-3, 195-pound Griffin was a member of the 2007 Texas Top 300, selected by Texas Football Magazine, and was ranked among the state's top 20 quarterbacks as a senior. He more than lived up to the billing in his final prep season, rushing for 1,285 yards and 24 touchdowns while passing for 1,356 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading coach Jack Welch's Bulldawgs to a 13-2 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 4A Division I playoffs. All-told, in his final two seasons, Griffin rushed for 2,161 yards and 32 touchdowns and threw for 3,357 yards and 41 scores with just nine interceptions.
One of three Cedar Hill standouts in the Bears' 2007 recruiting class, joining LB Chris Francis and OT John Jones, Blaylock (5-11, 170) did not enroll at Baylor last fall. He was ranked 43rd on the 2006 Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 list and was a 2006 Texas Football Texas Top 300 member. Blaylock helped coach Joey McGuire's 2006 Longhorns to the Class 5A Division II state championship and a 16-0 record.
He totaled 32 receptions for 590 yards and seven touchdowns in his final prep season to earn second-team all-district honors. As a junior, Blaylock caught 13 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown en route to second-team all-district honors for the 7-4, Division II bi-district finalists. He registered 33 receptions for 500 yards as a sophomore en route to 2004 District 7-5A sophomore of the year honors. Also a track and field standout, Blaylock placed third in the 2006 Class 5A 400-meter dash in a personal-best 47.39 en route to 2006 Dallas Morning News all-area honors.
The 2008 national signing day for football is set for Wednesday, Feb. 6.