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Auburn loses
2 to grades

Linebacker, running back
miss academic minimum

By Ross Dellenger
rdellenger@decaturdaily.com · 340-2462

Two highly touted Auburn football signees have failed to qualify academically for the 2007 season, a school spokesman said Monday.

Linebacker Eltoro Freeman will go to junior college and running back Enrique Davis will attend prep school this fall, said Assistant Athletic Director Kirk Sampson.

Rivals.com gave Freeman and Davis each four of five stars. Davis was ranked the No. 3 running back prospect in the nation by the Web site.

Three more Auburn recruits are waiting for their eligibility status to be determined.

Cornerback Ryan Williams was approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse nearly three weeks ago but has not been cleared by the university. Sampson said the university hopes to have Williams' issue resolved "in the next day or two."

Freshmen are scheduled to report Wednesday. Classes begin Aug. 16.

Receiver Chris Slaughter and offensive guard Nick Fairley are both waiting to be cleared by the NCAA and the university, Sampson added.

Slaughter, a member of the 2006 Auburn recruiting class, attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia after he failed to qualify last year.

“The problem there is the NCAA is really cracking down on junior colleges and prep schools,” coach Tommy Tuberville said last week. “They make you jump through hoops to get them into school.”

Sampson said “no timetable has been established” on Slaughter and Fairley.

Freeman, 5-foot-11 and 199 pounds, was rated as the eighth-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com. He had offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson and Kentucky but committed to Auburn in June 2006.

Davis, 5-11 and 212 pounds, runs a 4.39 40-yard dash and was rated as the No. 30 recruit in
the nation, according to Rivals.com. The Lynn Haven, Fla., native had offers from Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Alabama before committing to the Tigers in January 2007.

According to Rivals.com, Davis will enroll at Hargrave Military Academy in the fall.

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