AU Adds Commitment From Big Lineman

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Baton Rouge, La.--Lineman Freddie Smooth of Desire Street Academy has made his college decision and is planning on becoming an Auburn Tiger.

Smooth told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Friday that he narrowed his choices to Auburn and Oklahoma although he had offers from a variety of other colleges.

Desire Street Academy head coach Mickey Joseph said that he believes Auburn is getting a talented commitment. "It was a tough choice for him, but he picked Auburn over Oklahoma," Josepth said. "Freddie has a lot of potential. His best football is ahead of him."

Smooth took an official visit to Oklahoma on Nov. 3 and to Auburn on Jan. 11. He was considering a visit North Carolina this weekend, but did not make the trip.

"I like a lot of things about Auburn," Smooth says. "I like the players I met and how close the players are. They get along really well and I really liked all of the coaches I met."

Smooth is being recruited to Auburn by receivers coach Greg Knox. At 6-4, 306 pounds, he could play offense or defense at the college level, and is expected to start his career on the defensive side of the ball. He is a three-star prospect and the No. 53 defensive tackle prospect in the country, according to

Smooth had 70 tackles and four and a half sacks as a senior and was named Class A All-Stat player in Louisiana.

"Auburn is recruiting me to play defense and that is where I want to play in college," he says.

Smooth is from New Orleans, but when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans his school, Desire Street Academy, set up shop in Baton Rouge and that is where he spends most of his time. "I went to Desire Street after the storm and it has been good for me," he says. "We also have a good football team. We went to the fourth round of the playoffs.

I spend the week at school and I go home to New Orleans when I can during the weekend," he adds.

Although he is already a big lineman at 6-4, 306, Smooth says he may be bigger by the time he gets to Auburn. "I believe I am still growing," he says.

Smooth played basketball before deciding to concentrate on football. He plans to compete for the Desire Street Academy track and field team this spring throwing the shot put.

Other Auburn signees Raven Gray, Deshaun Barnes, Chris Todd and DeRon Furr joined the Auburn program as enrollees in January. The Tigers have commitments from 20 other players, including Smooth. Click here for the full list.

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