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A recruiting report updates the progress on linebacker Eltoro Freeman.

Alex City, Ala.--Auburn football verbal commitment Eltoro Freeman visited Auburn on Sunday to check out his future teammates.

The linebacker, who originally signed with the Tigers as a senior at Benjamin Russell High School, is planning to be in Auburn in January with three years of eligibility remaining after graduating from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Freeman played last season and helped his team to the junior college national title. This fall he will redshirt and concentrate on his academics.

"Everything is going great for me this summer," Freeman tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I just finished up my summer classes and I passed them all with A's. Right now I am running and I am trying to stay in shape.

"I will be back at Gulf Coast trying to help them win another national championship this year," he says. "I won't be in pads, but I will be on the sidelines trying to teach the players and motivate them.

"I will start school again this fall at Mississippi Gulf Coast and finish my degree in December and then I will be back in Auburn after that," he adds.

Eltoro Freeman

Freeman wanted to enroll at AU after signing with the Tigers after an outstanding high school career, but came up short academically. He has made academics a point of emphasis and explains his improvement in the classroom.

"It is due to more studying and I am taking advantage of the study halls," he says. "I am staying up late studying. Right now I have a 3.65 grade point average and I am trying to get a 4.0 for the fall. I have made the vice presidential (academic honors) list. Now I am trying to make the presidential list and I am on track to be able to do that. I am going to really study this fall."

Freeman watched his future position coach, James Willis, conduct drills on Sunday evening, something the linebacker says he enjoyed.

"Oh man, he is one of the big reasons why I am coming to Auburn," Freeman says. "He is like a father to me and has stuck with me all the way through the juco process. He always calls to see how I am doing. I just love him."

Freeman says he enjoyed last season at Mississippi Gulf Coast. "We had great competition in junior college, but we came through and became the national championship team."

The linebacker adds that the season of juco ball has helped him improve on the field, too. "I would say my knowledge of the game is better than when I was in high school," he says. "The game is slowing down for me."

Freeman, who was known for his exceptional quickness in high school, says he is currently 6-0, 218 pounds and really quick. "If you have got some track shoes we can race and I will show you," he jokes.

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