In-State Recruit Dines With Tiger Coaches

A football prospect talks about his visit to check out Auburn's spring football game.

Alexander City, Ala.--A strong, fast and productive linebacker was among the junior high school football players who took unofficial visits to Auburn on Saturday to check out the Tigers' spring football game.

Eltoro Freeman from Benjamin Russell High School got plenty of attention on his trip to Auburn.

"I had lunch with Coach Borges (offensive coordinator Al Borges) and he told me that they would really like to have me on their team," Freeman says. "Coach Borges is a great guy." Borges recruits the central Alabama area for the Tigers and made an early scholarship offer to Freeman, whose teammate, Michael Goggans, signed with the Tigers in February.

"I also got to talk to Coach Willis (linebacker coach James Willis)," Freeman says. "I really like him a lot. He has a great personality. He told me he had watched film of me play and liked how aggressive I am and how I am a downhill guy on the field."

Freeman is shown in action at an all-star game in December.

When Freeman makes contact, which is often, he packs a punch. He was in on 100 tackles as a junior.

He showed his physical style as a standout in December at the Alabama High School Athletic Association's junior all-star game held at Troy University. "That was a really good experience for me," Freeman notes. "About a week after the game I started getting letters from colleges."

Freeman and his Benjamin Russell High teammates will begin spring practice April 24th, but he has not been idle. He is competing on his school's weight-lifting team and is out to win a state-wide competition competing in the 220-pound division. He has bench pressed 400 pounds, has done 500 pounds in the squat and 295 in the power clean.

Freeman helped the Wildcats to a strong 2005 season as they reached the semi-finals of the state 5A state playoffs before eventually losing to state champion Homewood.

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