Offers are mounting for 2012 defensive end Eli Harold out of Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has landed a handful of new offers including a pair from the SEC.
"He's picked up Arkansas, Florida, NC State and Kansas said they'd offer as long as he was interested," Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott said. "Everybody that has received film and had a chance to look at it has replied back."
What does he think of the SEC scholarships?
"He's all excited about it," he said. "I don't think he realized all of this would come this fast."
In terms of his ability, Harold showed a big improvement this year according to Scott.
"We knew he'd be that way, he continued to get better and the guy didn't play but two games his sophomore year. Now he's putting everything together," he said. "His wing span is unbelievably strong, his explosiveness is ridiculous and that makes him a special rush defensive end.
"The biggest difference this year though is that he's starting to come into his own, physically he's a man child. One of the coaches told me that today. He has understood how good he possibly could be, not just rushing off the edge, but taking on blocks and being physical that way. If you see his film, he blocks two punts this year and punt blocks weren't even called. He just gets off the ball so hard. He has the speed to get around the corner and his first step is ridiculous."