Elbert Speed (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley) had been focusing on playing quarterback in college, but with his efforts at recent camps -- and advice from coaches -- Speed is now focused on transitioning to wide receiver.
A shade under 6-foot-4 and weighing 205 pounds, Speed has the body and the athletic skill set to be a menacing receiver on the FBS level. He showed his speed at the Oklahoma State by running the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. He also has shown that he’s a problem for smaller defensive backs to cover.
“I’ve been playing a lot of receiver, just to get ready for college,” Speed said. “I see it as my college career might be at receiver more than at quarterback. I’m OK with that.”
Speed lined up at quarterback and safety last season, and he said he will play quarterback during his senior season. However, he has been working with a receivers trainer who has been preparing him to successfully make the switch at the next level. Speed currently is looking for his first offer, but Oklahoma State and Colorado are showing interest as a receiver, and Texas State is showing interest as an athlete.
UTEP and North Texas, Speed said, are showing interest as a quarterback. He’s visited camps at SMU, North Texas and Oklahoma State, as well as satellite camps hosted by Texas State and UTEP. Speed is expecting to attend July camps at Colorado and Kansas State.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a major change,” Speed said of playing receiver. “I knew safety from playing quarterback so long. I’m just going to use my athletic ability to play it.”