Alexander City, Ala.--Benjamin Russell High head coach Willie Carl Martin can see talent and he says it's easily apparent when you look at Auburn's newest verbal commitment
An explosive linebacker who has all the characteristics coaches look for when looking for players at the position, Eltoro Freeman is a man amongst boys when he straps on the maroon jersey for Benjamin Russell. Martin said that Auburn is getting a fantastic player in addition to a fantastic person in Freeman.
"The kid has a tremendous desire despite being a physical specimen," Martin says. "You're taking a junior that can squat over 500 pounds and bench around 415 and he runs extremely well, around a 4.5 or 4.4. He played in the junior all-star game and had 11 tackles, a couple of sacks, and a recovered fumble. He knows one speed and that's full speed. John Madden said there were three different kinds of people in the world, the ones that do things, the ones that watch people do things and the ones who wish they could do it. He's the one that does it."
Freeman is the most physical of the linebackers in Alabama this year.
Despite several offers from around the country, Freeman chose to get his decision out of the way early by choosing the Tigers. Auburn was the first school to offer the athletic linebacker and Martin said since that time every other school has been fighting an uphill battle. Although the offer came the coach said it hasn't kept Freeman from continuing to work hard on all facets of his game.
"I know Auburn offered early," Martin says. "He has had offers from several other schools such as Louisville and many, many more, but at his age of 17 years old, when somebody comes in and offers that to you at the end of your junior year it would have been very easy for him to start floating around and not have his feet on the ground. I think he realized that he had to continue to work real hard in the weight room as well as the classroom in order to get to that next level."
Freeman's commitment continues the trend of Benjamin Russell players to Auburn in the last few years under Martin. With three players currently on campus the traffic will continue to be heavy on Highway 280 as the road from Alexander City to Auburn remains busy.
"We've got kids seeing Eric Brock and Marquies Gunn and now we've got Michael Goggans down there," Martin notes. "They understand the roadmap of what it takes to be a college athlete at the next level. These kids are realizing if they do right in the classroom and work hard for us then they'll get that opportunity. I contribute that to a great coaching staff here because I know Eltoro really likes his position coach here and the entire defensive staff. They prepare these young men to succeed if they have the chance on the next level."
Sometimes the best words about a player come from the opposition and in this case they come from a future teammate. When asked about playing against Eltoro Freeman in the Alabama Junior All-Star Game last year in Troy, Auburn commitment Ryan Pugh said that he was amazed at the speed in which Freeman played the game and he was the best football player he's played against. High praise but well deserved for Freeman.