Talented Defensive End Getting A Look

Luverne's Lonnie Freeman talks about recruiting heading into the summer before his senior year.

Luverne, Ala.--Each year there are always a handful of players that slip under the radar in the recruiting process. For the class of 2011 that player may just be defensive end Lonnie Freeman from Luverne High.

A physical and athletic 6-3, 235-pounder, Freeman has seen action for the Tigers since his eighth grade season and will be a four-year starter next season. Along with his brother Robert Freeman, he gives the 3A squad a formidable front line on the defensive side of the ball and several schools have started to take notice.

"There are a bunch of them that I‘ve heard from," Freeman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "South Alabama gave me an offer, but I don't know if I'm going there yet. I'm also hearing from Auburn. They have been talking to me good. Also Middle Tennessee and Mississippi State."

Earning honorable mention All-State honors as a junior, he helped Luverne to a 10-4 record and a berth in the semi-finals before losing to Cordova. All that despite finishing fourth in a powerful region behind Straughn, T.R. Miller and Bayside Academy.

Auburn is one of the schools showing interest in Freeman and he's made several trips to the Plains to check out the Tigers. One of those was on a junior day in February, a trip that gave him some insight on what coach Gene Chizik's program was all about.

"I went to their junior day and I liked it a lot," Freeman says. "It seems like they've got a good weight room and good academic program. I'm really thinking about them a lot."

Planning to camp at Auburn this summer, Freeman says at the moment he's focusing on improving his play on the defensive side of the ball heading into his senior season. "Basically I'm trying to improve my footwork so I can get a little bit quicker," Freeman notes.

A three-sport standout early in his high school career, Freeman said he chose not to play baseball this spring to concentrate on getting bigger and stronger in the weight room to get ready for the 2010 season.


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