Georgia football commit Monroe Freeling rises in 247Sports rankings

On Wednesday 247Sports updated its Top247 for the 2023 class and Mount Pleasant (SC) Oceanside Collegiate Academy offensive tackle and Georgia commit Monroe Freeling saw his rating rise from a 94 to a 95 and in doing so, his ranking went from No. 80 on 247Sports to No. 52 overall. He is the No. 6 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 1 overall recruit in South Carolina on 247Sports. Freeling committed to Georgia in August over Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, and 23 other offers.

At 6-foot-7 283 pounds, Freeling was a major target for Stacy Searels during his time at North Carolina and that continued at Georgia, getting the coveted tackle on campus multiple times, including for the scavenger hunt event in May and again at the cookout at the end of July.

“(Smart) had some insights on recruiting and made it clear that I was a top target, with Coach Searels being one of my biggest fans,” Freeling said after his visit in May. “We have maintained a great relationship from when he was at UNC, which has been an easy transition to Georgia.”

Searels added Freeling to an offensive line class that also includes Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes four-star offensive tackle Bo HughleyColumbus (Ga.) Carver four-star interior offensive lineman Kelton Smith, and Colonial Heights (Va.) Life Christian Academy interior offensive lineman Joshua Miller. Below is the 247Sports Scouting Report for Freeling, which comes with a player comparison of 2021 Pro Bowl selection Brian O’Neill.

Verified size with left tackle length. Frame can easily hold another 20 to 30 pounds without losing athleticism. It has an 84-inch wing span. Dual sport profile includes basketball. Dunking ability shows off explosion. Jumbo athlete finishes blocks and plays physical. Increased athleticism and improved technique from the junior season. Bends well and has flexibility throughout its frame. Explodes well at the snap and fires off up and into the defensive player. Has quick feet. Athleticism shines when asked to pull. Shows ability to sink hips and get up and into defensive end despite size. Bends well and can get thighs parallel to field. Is quick with getting hands inside and is consistent with placement. Once engaged he is able to drive legs and dominate defensive players to create running lanes. Shows ability to scrape and get to second level. Very good down blocker. Excellent change of direction allows for mirroring in pass pro. Plays calmly even when under pressure. Improved kick step markedly and can do it as right or left tackle. Possesses excellent body control and is rarely off balance. Will flourish as a one-sport athlete and with strength and nutrition program in college. Is usually patient in pass pro base but sometimes reaches and bends at waist. Being patient from snap to snap is important. Has to continue to add mass and strength, particularly in the upper body. Needs to be more consistent in sinking his hips when engaging while running blocking. All-conference potential at elite level college program. Early round NFL draft potential.

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