Eltoro Lives Up to All-Star Billing

Linebacker Eltoro Freeman, an Auburn signee, discusses his all-star performance and preparations for college football.

Mobile, Ala.--Eltoro Freeman was impressive in his first all-star game, a matchup at Troy University in December 2005 that featured the top high school juniors in the southern half of Alabama playing the top juniors from the northern part of the state.

With an extra year of seasoning under his belt, he was again a standout in an all-star setting as he helped the Alabama all-stars coast to a 51-14 victory over their Mississippi counterparts on Saturday night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. It was the most lopsided victory in the 20-year history of the all-star game.

"Getting ready for the game was the best part of the week for me," says Freeman, who was credited with one solo tackle and four assists. "We prepared with a lot of intensity to get ready for the game. I knew if we came out as a group and played together, we would be alright."

Eltoro Freeman lines up on Saturday night.

A 6-0, 215-pounder with 4.5 speed and a physical style of play out of Benjamin Russell High in Alex City, Freeman made 140 tackles as a senior. He is ranked as the No. 7 linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com. Freeman says he is looking forward to playing beside another linebacker who was highly ranked as a high school senior, Tray Blackmon, who will be a sophomore this season at Auburn.

"I report to Auburn on June 10 and I am looking forward to hooking up with Tray Blackmon and dominating some teams," Freeman says. "I can't wait to get over to Auburn and get with him."

Freeman notes that he will be ready to go to work once he arrives on campus. "I am in good shape," he says. "I have been following Coach Yox's workout program and working real hard on that."

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