6-4, 280-pound Ocean Township (Oakhurst, N.J.) offensive lineman prospect Lou Eliades made his first official visit on the weekend of September 16th, when he tripped to the University of South Carolina. A 4-star recruit, Eliades has received close to 20 Division 1A scholarship offers.
“I did,” Eliades replied when asked if he made an official visit to South Carolina. “It was cool. I really liked it. The players and coaches are good. It was a place I could see myself.”
Next up in terms of official visits is Virginia Tech, which is scheduled for the weekend of November 5th. Eliades visited Tech unofficially earlier this year and has the Hokies very high on his list.
“I really like Virginia Tech,” Eliades said. “I’m looking forward to going for my official. Actually, I think South Carolina and Virginia Tech are probably my top two right now.”
Besides South Carolina and Virginia Tech, Eliades says “I think I’m going to check out Maryland and Notre Dame, too. I visited Maryland earlier this year, but I think I want to see more of what it has to offer.” As for Notre Dame, the Irish entered the picture just last month.
“About two or three weeks ago,” Eliades replied when asked when Notre Dame offered. “It kind of came out of the blue. Coach Weis just called up one day and asked for some film. A few days later, he offered me. Coach Weis is a Jersey guy, so I think I will check it out.”
Penn State and Virginia are hanging in this race as well, but neither appears on the level with the other four programs. In fact, Eliades said that UVa is no longer in his top five because “they just don’t look like they need offensive linemen.”
Eliades discussed what Coach Steve Spurrier told him on the official visit.
“They had just lost to Alabama and he was just saying that it’s going to take time to fill up the program,” Eliades said.
After falling in its season opener, Ocean Township has reeled off three straight wins. Eliades feels his technique is better this year, but his energy level has diminished because he is playing on both sides of the ball.
“This year, I’m playing both ways,” Eliades explained. “I don’t have a lot of energy by the end of the game. I keep getting better and better each week, but it’s been an adjustment.”
Lou feels that playing both ways will be beneficial, saying “I definitely think it will help me on the next level.”