The Rebels hauled in a historic recruiting class this season and has come under scrutiny by others for their sudden uprisal.
Dan Patrick asked Freeze about if it is brutal out there when it comes to recruiting and if he had to deal with any cutthroat tactics during the 11th hour when coaches are trying to steal players.
"We did. Three schools in particular. I have great respect for the schools we go against. Don’t think that our coaches will ever even talk about other schools. They better not. That’s not our plan. That’s not the way we are going to go about it. And I think it actually worked in our favor in a few instances where families just got tired of the negativity. I don’t think it’s a large portion of schools that do that, but we did certainly experience some pretty brutal attacks in the last 48 hours from several schools. It’s unfortunate. I think it’s sad for our sport when coaches decide that is the route they will take. I understand the pressure that’s involved in this sport and I understand the emotions that get involved, but I don’t think it has to be that way."
It is intriguing that Freeze mentioned three schools in particular and many can easily guess who they may be, but he gave no specifics. This is not the only time that the Rebels coach has been vocal about controversy involving this recruiting class.
Freeze tweeted last week, "If you have facts about a violation, send it to email@example.com. If not, please do not slander these young men or insult their family."
He reaffirmed his tweet on Tuesday in response to negative comments on Twitter.
Tunsil's high school coach Brian Allen said,
"That's the No. 1 question out there right now... for all these other college programs that are out there -- for a lot of people. They are wondering what's going on, and I don't know. You have to take a look and say before you start to think about the negative side of it -- and for a lot of people, that's the first thing they will go to -- you have to look at who the guys are that are going on the road and talking to these kids. ..." (ESPN)
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