Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers got some bad news on Monday as it became official that linebacker signee Eltoro Freeman and running back signee Enrique Davis both will be forced to start their careers elsewhere according to Coach Tommy Tuberville because they failed to qualify academically.
A standout linebacker prospect from Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City, Freeman reportedly made a qualifying ACT score on his second attempt but the score was flagged for too much improvement and thrown out. Because of that, Freeman will be forced to begin his career at a junior college. There is a possibility that Freeman could join the Tigers in one year instead of having to stay the required time at the junior college but that has yet to be determined.
Davis is a little different situation. Needing two classes in order to have his core courses taken care of, Davis took one over the summer but is still one class short of being a full qualifier. His test score is good enough, however and that will allow him to attend a prep school next year. He is expected to attend Hargrave Prep in Virginia.
Also Auburn signees Ryan Williams, Nick Fairley and Chris Slaughter are all still waiting to hear back on their futures. Williams has been cleared by both the NCAA and Auburn but must get approval from the Southeastern Conference. Slaughter has the necessary scores but still must be cleared. Finishing his school year out strong, Fairley will be close and a final decision may not come before the Tigers open practice on Thursday. The same could be true of Slaughter as well.