Rachel Monroe – Mustang Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Former LRHS football kicker and soccer star Travis Freeman recently joined the University of Florida football team as a walk-on kicker.
Prior to starting college, Freeman was in contact with UF’s special teams coach for about 15 months, discussing there could be an open spot this fall.
Freeman has been going to games at The Swamp ever since he was five.
“I love playing here because it’s my dream school and has been for as long as I can remember,” said Freeman.
While Freeman is enjoying college, it’s been a big adjustment from high school.
“UF football is a very serious time commitment. Lifts start at 7 a.m. some days and we end practice sometimes around 8:30 p.m. In all, with meetings, practice and lifts, it’s about a five to six-hour time commitment per day,” said Freeman.
LRHS soccer coach Vito Bavaro coached Freeman for four years.
“Travis is one of the strongest and toughest kids I’ve ever coached. He played one of his last games at LRHS with the flu because that’s just the kind of kid he is, always willing to do anything for his team. He is a tremendous athlete that can do anything he puts his mind to,” exclaimed Bavaro.
University of Florida is currently 3-0 and ranked ninth in the nation.