Wednesday, May 22, 2013
TE Elmore closing in on summer decision
By Jared Shanker
Several visits are on the docket for Somerset (Wis.) High School tight end Gaelin Elmore, and a decision will likely come soon after.
“I’m going to visit Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin [and] Ohio State in the same road trip,” Elmore said. “I definitely feel I’ll be closer to a decision. I’ll have all the schools to offer, so I’ll be able to separate some schools from the bunch and I’ll be closer to my decision.”
The only school Elmore plans to visit on that Midwest swing that has not offered is Ohio State. The Buckeyes have picked up their recruitment of Elmore during the spring evaluation period and would like to see him work out. So in mid-June, Elmore will swing through Columbus for one of Ohio State’s one-day camps to work with tight ends coach Tim Hinton.
“They said it’d be worth my while to come out there and work out,” Elmore said. “I hope if it goes well enough they will offer me, too.”
One other school Elmore wants to camp at this summer is Oregon. The Ducks talked to Elmore about coming to Wisconsin to watch him work out, but the spring evaluation period is about to end without Oregon making it to Elmore’s school. Elmore spoke with the Oregon staff recently, and the coaches would like Elmore to make it to Eugene for a camp during the summer. The Ducks want Elmore to spend two days on campus -- one day to take an unofficial visit and the second to participate at the camp.
The potential issue is Oregon is halfway across the country, and Elmore is not sure he will be able to make it to the Ducks’ complex for the two-day trip this summer. He is still considering whether he will visit.
If either Ohio State or Oregon offers, the two will be chasing Iowa State and Wisconsin for the 6-foot-5, 243-pound tight end. The Cyclones and Badgers are the top two for Elmore.
It is no surprise the Badgers are one of the favorites for the in-state prospect. Wisconsin rarely loses out on an in-state prospect it offers, and the Badgers already have five in-state commitments in their 2014 class.
“I think the No. 1 thing they have going is all the other in-state guys have committed already,” Elmore said. “That’s something to look forward to, but I’m going to look at all my options. I know a lot of Wisconsin players so I’m expected to commit there, but I’m going to look at all my options.”
Iowa State will host Elmore for a second time next weekend when he makes a two-day visit ending June 2. On his first visit, Elmore met with coach Paul Rhoads and was blown away by the job Rhoads has done and his future vision for the Cyclones’ program.
The Cyclones coaches are also selling Elmore on the opportunity to play early and believe he could be one of the conference’s top freshmen in 2014.
“They showed me some film of previous tight ends and ones coming back and showed me the plays and they would stop at a point and say ‘This is where you can break this tackle or make this guy miss and go for a touchdown,’ ” Elmore said. “There’s stuff their tight ends were doing, but they felt I could take it to the next step and be that much better.
“I left thinking I’d really like going there.”
A potential sleeper for Elmore is Michigan State, which he will visit during his Midwest road trip.
“I know they’re going to need tight ends and tight ends are going to have a big role,” he said. “The tight ends they do have have an opportunity to go to the NFL, and it’s a system I feel like I can thrive in because it fits my talents well.”