Ocean (N.J.) Ocean Township offensive lineman Lou Eliades, clearly the top player at his position in the state, has made his choice between South Carolina and Penn State. Where will the 6-foot-4, 286-pounder be spending his next 4 or 5 years?
"I committed to Penn State the other day," said Eliades. "I was really sold on Penn State on my official visit there. I got to meet a lot of the players and hung out with recruits like Doug Klopacz, Ollie Ogbu and Tom McEowen and realized I'd be entering as a freshmen with these guys and we all clicked."
Eliades, ranked as the No. 11 offensive guard in the country, was impressed with both South Carolina and Penn State.
"South Carolina was cool, I liked it down there," he said. "But I felt more at home at Penn State. The academics are better, there were more people I had things in common with and the coaches were great. I was recruited by coach Anderson and when I committed my mom asked him if I'd be able to travel with the team if I redshirted. He said he didn't think I would because I can contribute early. They are losing three starters and two backups and said I am strong enough and agile enough to play guard or center but tall and athletic enough for tackle."
Eliades compared the atmospheres at each school when he was at games.
"They are both great but Penn State really blew them away," he said. "I was at the Penn State-Ohio State game and it was so crazy. They have a great fan base. That's when I really started to get interested, but my official visit really clinched things."
Eliades joins Klopacz as the only offensive linemen in the class so far and is the fourth commitment from New Jersey in this year's class.