When people see Freddy Okito’s highlight tape, they are treated to clips of a hard hitting, ankle breaking player out of Milton Academy (Milton, MA). Whether it’s on offense or defense, Freddy will always leave you saying “wow”. His explosive play has been attractive enough, with Villanova, University of Pennsylvania, and Bentley all contacting Freddy. While his play is impressive enough, the off-the-field player is just as impressive. What schools don’t see, is the fundamental, hungry, and determined player that Freddy is.
Freddy is not your typical recruit. Originally born in Rwanda, Freddy moved here when he was just two years old to avoid the wars going on in his home country. From then on, football has been his life. When he was growing up in Chicago before moving to Massachusetts, Freddy says football kept him off the streets. He has seen some of his friends choose the streets over the gridiron, only to find themselves a home in jail. What separates Freddy is his determination. He says he knew staying with football would be a better route for him and his family. He knew that if he was going to end up where he wanted, he had to work at it. He knew how far his determination would bring him, and how far it will take him in the future. With an indomitable work ethic, Freddy wants every coach to know how hard he is willing to work to get better. Freddy plans on displaying that work ethic at the Boston College and Harvard camps, and intends to attend the Northwestern or University of Illinois camps back in his hometown of Chicago. He hopes his performance at these camps can help him gain recognition from the University of Illinois, as well as Costal Carolina and Fordham.
Freddy’s work ethic is not only found on the football field. It is found in the classroom where Freddy believes he would have a 3.0 if his school used the G.P.A system,on the basketball court where he plays point guard for Milton High School, and at track meets where he participates in the 100-meter and the triple jump. Freddy credits basketball and track for his footwork and agility. The skills required in the two sports help him with his ability to run crisp routes and cut on a dime. When he isn’t playing basketball or running track, Freddy is in the gym getting better. He trains in Chicago in the summer with tons of power lifting in the weight room, as well as numerous agility and speed workouts.
One of the most impressive things about Freddy is his ability to make plays defensively despite being only 5’9. Freddy is always going up to meet the ball at it’s highest point, nullifying any advantage a taller wide receiver would have on him. He also flies to the ball, and important quality to have as a defensive back. You can find Freddy on Saturdays breaking a pass up before a receiver can reel it in, or upending a ball carrier running in his direction. Freddy believes it is his fundamentals and knowledge of the game that allow him to make these plays on the field. He claims you can find a really big player, or a really fast player, but if you aren’t smart it means nothing. Freddy focuses on timing, precision, and setting the tone. He says it’s his job to make sure when he hits a player for the first time in a game, he won’t want to come back.