If you have listened to any radio show in the past week or watched one second of ESPN, you might believe that Auburn will not have one signee for the upcoming year. You also might believe that Pat Dye owns a plantation in Cusseta where he’s been shipping out turnips since 1981. However, as in pretty much all cases, these claims are false, at least the part about the signees. In fact, in only a few days, Chizik has seemed to impress a few people.
This has been posted on a few other sites, but it was too good to pass up. Thanks to Auburn Tron who probably took this from another site too.
Former Alexander City (Ala.) Benjamin Russell star linebacker Eltoro Freeman will sign a National Letter of Intent with Auburn Thursday said the 5-foot-11, 220-pounder.
Freeman, who spent the past one-and-a-half years at Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss., spoke with new Auburn head coach Gene Chizik Wednesday and informed the coach of his plans.
“I talked to Coach Chizik and told him ‘War Damn Eagle!’” Freeman said. “I told him that I was going to sign with Auburn and there wasn’t any doubt about it. I’m so ready to be a part of the Auburn Family. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Freeman said his first conversation with Chizik went very well. Freeman believes Auburn found the right guy for the job.
“I know a lot of people say that they don’t like him for the job because of his record at Iowa State and this and that, but I believe in Chizik and I believe in Auburn University!” said Freeman. “I absolutely believe they hired the right guy. Me and Coach Chizik and the rest of the Auburn Family, we are going to get this thing back right.”
Freeman was hardpressed to hold back his excitement about Chizik and signing with Auburn.
“I heard Coach Chizik has coached three Thorpe Award winners, well damn, he better get ready to coach a Dick Butkus Award winner. It’s on now!” Freeman said. “We’re coming back. Me and the boys are coming! I’m ready! WAR DAMN EAGLE! I just can’t wait to be a part of the Auburn Family.”
Auburn has lost eight commitments, one of which it has since gotten back, since Tommy Tuberville’s resignation Dec. 3. More commits have said they are now looking at other schools. Freeman said he had a message for the decommitments and other potential recruits.
“If Auburn can’t get’em, we’ll beat’em…If we can’t get’cha, we’ll beat’cha,” Freeman said.
Freeman will be the second junior college signee of the Tigers’ 2009 class. Nick Fairley, a former Mobile (Ala.) Williamson standout defensive end, signed with the Tigers Wednesday. Fairley spent the 2007-08 seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.
Both Freeman and Fairley will have three years of eligibility at Auburn.
Freeman redshirted in 2008 after helping lead Gulf Coast to a co-national championship as a freshman. That year, Freeman racked up 65 tackles, 43 solo, 17 tackles-for-loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He received “Best Linebacker” award in Mississippi, and was named All-State and All-Region.
And here’s Carver lineman Brandon Moore from ITAT:
“He came by the school today,” says. “At first I thought as a coach he was kind of shaky, but he explained to me why he left Auburn and went to Texas and why he left Texas and went to Iowa State, and then why he left Iowa State and went to Auburn.
“He told me when he was at Auburn they had one of the top five defenses in the country and then had the number one defense in the country,” Moore adds. “Then he left and went to Texas and he was the assistant coach of the year and they won a national championship.”
Because of Auburn’s struggles and the coaching change the Tigers had fallen down Moore’s list with schools such as Alabama, Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Clemson prominent on his radar, but he notes that Chizik’s visit has put Auburn right back in play with him.
“At first they were a little shaky,” Moore says. “Then they were real shaky. Then they were really shaky. Now they are back to ground level.
You see…we do still have a football team.