4-Star Freeman Says He Will Sign With Tigers

In what has been a very, very busy summer for Auburn University football recruiting, Coach Tommy Tuberville's staff has picked up another verbal commitment for 2007. This one comes from one of the state's top prospects.

Alexander City, Ala.--Benjamin Russell linebacker Eltoro Freeman is Auburn's 10th public verbal commitment for the 2007 signee class.

The 5-11, 210-pounder is considered one of the top prospects in the state. With sub 4.5 speed in the 40, he made 100 tackles as a junior.

Inside the Auburn Tigers magazine Monday evening to announce his decision. "I felt real comfortable there and I like the program.

"I also know Marquies Gunn, Eric Brock and Michael Goggans who are at Auburn," he says. "They all played here at Benjamin Russell and all of them are good guys."

Freeman, who notes that he plans to major in physical education, says he chose Auburn over Clemson, LSU, Louisville, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State.

Freeman, who also competes in power-lifting, has a personal-best lift of 415 pounds in the bench press along with 500 pounds in the squat and 300 in the power clean.

Freeman was a star at an Scout.com Combine earlier this year. He received an early offer from the Auburn coaching staff.

Benjamin Russell High coach Willie Carl Martin says that the Tigers are getting an impressive linebacker. "He is a very aggressive player with tremendous closing speed," Martin tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I think he is a very good college prospect and he is a very intense player. I think he will be a very good player in college."

Martin points out that Freeman was a standout in the AHSAA Junior All-Star Game in December at Troy University. "He really showed what he could do that day," the coach says.

Auburn, which plays a 4-3 alignment, uses three linebackers. After talking to Auburn coaches this weekend when he visted on Saturday for a football camp in which he watched but didn't participate, Freeman says, "I think I will play the weakside linebacker spot. That is a position where I can take advantage of my speed."

A player with exceptional quickness, he ran a 4.59 40 on a windy day at a combine this year and that same day had an eye-opening 40.2-inch vertical jump. He was a standout in all of the one-on-one drills.

As a junior he was a standout performer on the Benjamin Russell team that reached the state semi-finals, falling to eventual 5A state champion Homewood. That team featured incoming Auburn signee Tim Hawthorne, a wide receiver.

"I feel good about my decision," Freeman says. "I am looking forward to going to Auburn and I am looking forward to having a big senior year."

Freeman, who was recruited to Auburn by offensive coordinator Al Borges who recruits the central Alabama area for the Tigers, is rated a four-star linebacker prospect by Scout.com.

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