Eltoro Says He's Ready for Some (AU) Football

Linebacker prospect Eltoro Freeman explains why he is excited about his official visit to Auburn.

Alexander City, Ala.--Eltoro Freeman left Auburn as a highly enthusiastic player about his decision to play college football for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

The All-State linebacker from Benjamin Russell High School said last week he planned to visit Georgia, Florida and FSU even though he had earlier publically committed to the Tigers. After spending the weekend on the AU campus, he notes that has changed.

"I had planned on taking some other visits, but after the visit to Auburn that is enough," he says. "I know where I am going to college and that is Auburn."

The 6-0, 205-pounder who made 140 tackles last season says he enjoyed his visit to AU from the start to finish. With former high school teammate Michael Goggans as his player host, Freeman stayed busy from Friday to Sunday.

"I just had a great time all weekend," he says. "I had a great time with the coaches. Me and Coach (James) Willis sat in his office and went over the plays. He is ready for me to come down. I had a great time with the players who showed me around. I am just ready to get to Auburn and start playing football."

Freeman notes that he got to spend time with a variety of players, both current members of the Auburn team and recruits. The linebacker was one of 17 prospects in for official visits. He notes that he enjoyed spending time with freshmen Terrell Zachery and Mario Fannin and a variety of others.

"I also knew some of the guys being recruited because we were teammates in the junior all-star game," Freeman says. "We already had a good relationship so it was great to talk to those guys. I think they were having a great time, too."

Freeman notes that he enjoyed his tour of Jordan-Hare Stadium and getting an overview of what to expect on the academic front as a collegian. "I am majoring in physical education and I met with an academic counselor about that," he says. "She told me all of the great things about it and I can't wait to get started."

Freeman shows his ability at a Scout.com Combine.

The linebacker is a three-sport athlete at Benjamin Russell High. He is currently on the power-lifting team and in the spring he will switch to track as a 100-meter dash sprinter.

His football team made a run into the state playoffs, but did not reach the 5A state championship game, which was a goal for the senior and his teammates. "We didn't go as far as we wanted to go as a team, but I got smarter as a football player," he says. "I learned a lot of things."

Freeman says that he hopes to put his football knowledge to use playing for the Tigers as a true freshman. "I had a great talk with Coach Tuberville. I am happy that I get to keep my jersey number, which is 21. He told me he is very excited to have me join the team. He said the position (weakside) linebacker is wide open. I just have to come down to Auburn and do what I can do."


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