Ethan Herron, who is the son of Jayson and Angie Herron, also had a stellar football career at Covington as a four-year letter winner where he excelled as a running back on offense, a safety on defense and teamed with Freeman as a return specialist. He was also the Buccs' place kicker as a senior.
And Herron earned first-team recognition in the Cross County Conference and the Southwest District as a senior and was named All-Ohio Honorable Mention. He was also named to the CCC All-Academic team.
"Ethan has rare vision as a back," Cates said. "He has very good vision, runs hard and has nice size. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and is very shifty in space. He's a football kid - loves the game and understands the game very well. His love for the game will help him in college."
Urbana, who is coached by former Piqua High School standout Tyler Haines, was high on Herron's list throughout the recruiting process due to its size and location.
"The atmosphere is so much like Covington," he said. "It's close to home, so my family and friends will be able to see me play."
Freeman and Herron join a long list of Buccaneers who have chosen to take their football talents to the collegiate level.
And coach Cates feels they have a responsibility to represent not only their new program, but their high school alma mater.
"It's obvious, being at a small school, not too many kids get recruited like the kids from bigger schools - so the opportunities aren't there as often," said Cates. "So when a kid from Covington gets the opportunity like Ty and Ethan have, they have to take advantage of it so schools will continue looking at other kids from Covington."
Which requires hard work and mental toughness.
"Both of these kids - like other small school kids who go from high school to college - they will be starting at the bottom and have to work their way up," Cates continued. "There will be times when things don't go their way, but having that mentality of proving people wrong and playing with a chip on your shoulder is what will get them on the field."
And both Freeman and Herron feel Covington has given them the foundation to do just that.
"My coaches have prepared me for college by stressing that hard work and mental toughness will take you far in life," Herron said. "That's what you need to be successful."
Freeman feels the belief his high school coaches had in him gives him the confidence he needs at the next level.
"The positive reinforcement from Coach Cates and Coach (Dave) Miller - just telling me that I'm good enough to play at the next level - that's what made a difference for me," he said. "Also, Jason Sutherland has helped me and a few other guys to get ready for college with some extra training."
Now that their commitments are made, Freeman and Herron will continue to prepare for college by training hard over the summer. Then, Herron will head to Urbana and Freeman will go to Heidelberg.
But you can bet they'll stay in touch once it's time to go their separate ways.
After all, they are like brothers.