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Rivals250 offensive guard Lou Eliades was planning to take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend, but instead the 6-foot-4, 286-pounder will be headed to State College. What does the Ocean (N.J.) Ocean Township prospect hope to see out of Penn State?
"I've been up to Penn State, but I've never completely seen what they have to offer," he said. "I just want to go and see the campus as a whole and get a good look at it. I like that it's closer than all the other schools and they have very good academics."
Was there any reason for Eliades to cancel his official to South Bend?
"It seems to me that they are pretty much set on the offensive line this year," he said. "They aren't completely out, but I'm not looking at them as much. I may still go back there in January."
Notre Dame seems unlikely for the four-star prospect as he is hoping to get a decision out of the way as early as next week.
"I want to make a decision before Christmas," he said. "I'd say right now South Carolina is my leader, but it is close amongst all three schools. I went there and really liked the facilities and campus. I got along with the offensive line coach really well and they have a good situation there where I have a chance to compete early."
Eliades continues to look at the Hokies too.
"There's nothing I don't really like about them," he said. "I like coach Stinespring and the fact that their coaches have been together for a while. I like the campus a lot too."
Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia Tech have all made in-home visits already with the No. 11 offensive guard.
"South Carolina's visit really stuck out with coach Reaves because he just talked with me about the situation on the o-line."
Eliades has Steve Spurrier coming up on Tuesday and Frank Beamer on Thursday for in-home visits.
This season the No. 8 player in New Jersey helped Ocean Township win the state championship.
"Our team really pulled together and I believe that's the reason we won it all," he said. "I couldn't have asked for a better way to out than winning the state championship. It means everything to me."