The Golden State is a recruiting hot spot for the entire Pac10, WAC and Mountain West, but even California with the abundance of football talent that it can boast, still has to go outside the state for players. One favorite state Pac10 schools and many other conferences love to raid is the Lone Star State of Texas.
Texas usually has an ample supply of every position and this season is no difference. There is an offensive lineman that two Pac10 teams are showing an interest in and he is Kirk Elder from Houston (Texas) Klein Oak.
Elder received a phone call from Stanford and his getting heavy mail from UCLA. Elder is on the verge of being a national recruit. He has just received offers from Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.
Ole Miss is said to be on the verge of offering while Florida, Rice, Northwestern and Baylor are also pursuing Elder.
It is easy to understand the interest. Elder stands 6-foot-5, weighs 285 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.0. He benches 315 pounds, squats a very impressive 585 pounds, cleans 340 pounds and recorded a 25-inch vertical jump.
The scouting report on Elder is that he’s an expert pancake chef, meaning he knocks opponents on their backside. He dominates on the high school level and is an excellent drive blocker.
Versatility is the name of Elder’s game. Though he mostly plays guard, he could end up playing at any offensive line position. Elder probably projects as an offensive guard on the next level; where he can take advantage of his overall quickness and pull-blocking ability.
When asked what he was looking for in a school Elder said, “I want to play for a school that has a good football program and where the academics are good. I want get good education, with a good degree and play some good football.”