Coach: AU Lands "Monster" DT

Baton Rouge, La.--Auburn picked up a verbal commitment from defensive tackle prospect Freddie Smooth on Friday. Inside the Auburn Tigers caught up with head coach Mickey Joseph of Desire Street Academy to talk about Smooth and his potential with Auburn.

Being recruited by several top-notch schools, how difficult of a decision was it for Freddie?
Joseph: "It came down between OU (Oklahoma) and Auburn, and it's a tough situation for a kid. For Freddie, he just felt comfortable with Auburn. It was tough. It's been tough for our kids from New Orleans since Katrina. This is a blessing in disguise. There are two positive things that came out of Katrina. One is that they're all still living, and also some of them will sign college scholarships."

Freddie took a recent official visit to Auburn (Jan. 11). What has he said about Auburn that he liked on the visit?
Joseph: "He liked the atmosphere, he liked the close fit of the players, and it was just a family atmosphere."

How instrumental was AU assistant coach Greg Knox in Freddie's decision to commit to Auburn?
Joseph: "Coach Knox was a big part. He did a great job with Freddie. Not one time did he come in here and bash any other schools. He was straight up with Freddie, and it was just whatever Auburn offered, that's what Knox was selling. Coach Knox did a great job and he's a good guy."

Having played football only three years, what kind of potential does Freddie have?
Joseph: "I think his best football is ahead of him because he's going to be able to play defensive tackle every day. In our system, being a 1-A school, one day we do offense, one day we do defense. But he'll get to play defense every day. Freddie's going to be a monster. His potential is unlimited right now."

Technique-wise, what does Freddie do really well at defensive tackle?
Joseph: "The big thing with Freddie is that he's real good with his hands. He's real good with his hands and he's got good feet to be a big boy."

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