February 12, 2009 // Recruiting

Notre Dame Adds Preferred Walk-on to ’09 Class

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Notre Dame added Tom Freeman to the class of 2009 as a preferred walk-on.  Freeman is a 6’3″, 270 offensive guard who received a 3-star rating from both Scout and Rivals.  According to his profiles on both sites, he held scholarship offers from Northwestern, Kansas State, Ball State, Duke, Harvard, and South Florida.  Instead, he choose to attend Notre Dame as a preferred walk-on in 2009.

Freeman’s father, Tom, was an offensive lineman for the Irish from 1983-87.  He also attended the same high school, Rockhurst HS, as former Notre Dame wide receiver DJ Hord.

He will join Chris Watt, Alex Bullard, and Zach Martin on the Irish offensive line in this year’s class.

Preferred walk-ons are guaranteed roster spots, but do not have their tuition and room/board paid in full like scholarship players do.  Nick Montana is currently a preferred walk-on for the Irish as well.

Comments to this Article

  • Paul commented on February 12th, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Welcome Tom! Now go out there and earn that scholarship.


  • JC commented on February 12th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Kudos, and need more linemen on both sides of the ball.


  • C-Dog commented on February 12th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I hope this guy ends up earning a scholarship and starts. These are the character guys you want.


  • jason_h537 commented on February 12th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    i wish this guy the best of luck. sounds like he could be a sleeper. on another note. when is the front page gonna get updated? i still see marlon pollard as a commit.


  • Chris commented on February 13th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Small issue: One can’t have a scholarship offer from Harvard as the Ivy Leagues don’t offer athletic scholarships but do provide financial aid grants.


  • David commented on February 13th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    same thing


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