Monday, July 22, 2013
An early top two for 2015 OT Elbert
By Damon Sayles
It was a pretty good five-day span for 2015 offensive tackle Trevor Elbert (Heath, Texas/Rockwall-Heath). Big-time SEC offer last Wednesday. Big-time SEC offer on Sunday.
Elbert scored his first SEC offer while attending the Alabama camp during the middle of last week. From there, he made a trip to College Station, Texas, over the weekend and picked up SEC offer No. 2 from Texas A&M. A 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle, Elbert now has four offers; Big 12 schools Texas and Texas Tech are his others.
“I didn’t do the [A&M] camp [Sunday], but I went to visit the facilities. It was amazing,” Elbert said. “I got to talk to Coach [Kevin] Sumlin and his staff. They’re all a good bunch of guys.
“It’s barely sinking in now. I’m still overwhelmed by the opportunities I have right now.”
After Sunday, Elbert said he has an early top two of Texas A&M and Alabama. While nothing is set in stone, Elbert said those two schools fit him best for now. However, he has not ruled out Texas or Texas Tech, and he will be keeping an eye out on future offers.
“They know how to win,” Elbert said of Alabama and Texas A&M. “They compete in the best conference in college football. I love what Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach Sumlin bring. Both of their staffs are amazing. They are two of the best teams in college football.”
Elbert wouldn’t say if one SEC school had a slight advantage over the other, but he did say he’s asked for advice from one of his former high school teammates. Jay Arnold, a defensive lineman preparing for his freshman year in College Station, was in Elbert’s shoes not long ago.
“He’s been helping me in the recruiting game, telling me to take it slow, not to rush anything and to find the right place that will fit me best,” Elbert said of Arnold. “He hasn’t been pushing me to go to A&M. He just said to find a place where I can feel comfortable and where I feel right at home.”
Elbert doesn’t have any other visits coming up, but he said he will prepare for upcoming two-a-day workouts. He was a second-team all-district selection as a sophomore and helped Rockwall-Heath advance to the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs.