Four-star offensive guard Lou Eliades out of Ocean (N.J.) Ocean Township took his first official visit to one of his two favorite schools this past weekend. The 6-foot-4, 286-pounder took an official to South Carolina.
"I hung out with offensive lineman Freddy Saint-Preux and he was kind of like my host on the trip," he said. "He took me around the campus and told me how the players are and had nothing but nice things to say about the coaches.
"I got to meet all the coaches and they are all really nice guys. I had lunch with coach Spurrier and he is exceptionally nice. Coach Reaves was with me a lot of the time too and he's a great guy and took a lot of time out of his day to take me around, I appreciated that. Coach Hunt was also really nice and based on what the players said about him, it really seems like he cares about his players. It was all a lot of fun."
What did Eliades do on his visit?
"Basically I toured the campus which was, ate with the coaches, hung out with players and watched the game," he said. "From what I saw in the game, it seems like they need some help on the offensive line. I think their offensive line is pretty shallow since they don't have a lot of guys. I think they even have a walk-on at tackle that was playing in his first game. What I noticed out there was that Alabama's line was quick, while South Carolina's was kind of slow in comparison. I was impressed overall with the team and the stadium there is amazing. The fan support is also great. You can't drive through there on game day because it's so crazy."
The No. 13 offensive guard in the country isn't sure where the Gamecocks stand after the visit.
"I don't have anything to compare it to, but I guess the visit was a 10," he said. "I don't see how it could have been any better. It was a good time. I'll have to wait until the Virginia Tech visit, but right now I like South Carolina a lot. I'd say they are neck and neck now."
Eliades plans to take his official visit to Virginia Tech on November 4th.
Currently he has no other officials scheduled, but he has opened the door on taking a third official to Notre Dame.
Lou Eliades VideoClick "They offered me a scholarship last week and now since they've offered I definitely have to check them out and think about them more seriously," he said. "I like that Charlie Weis is there for one and I think their program is coming along really well and doing a good job this year."Here to view this Link.