July 25, 2012

Defensive lineman has strong interest in Army

It is clear that the Army coaching staff is continuing to look for the type of defensive linemen that can cause havoc within the framework of the Black Knights' Flex defense.

As the Army fans already know, the staff has already had early success at defensive end after receiving the verbal commitment from Andrew McLean in early July.

But the search continues with offers extended to several uncommitted DE prospects like 3-star prospects, Austin Hooper; 2-star recruit Taylor Driggers along with Cody Moorhead and Austin Kurke.

One player who can play inside or out within Army's defense and who recently popped up on the Black Knights' radar, although he doesn't have an offer 'yet' is 6-foot-2, 260 pounder, David Elias out of Geismar (La.) Dutchtown High School.

"I just heard from Army yesterday," said Elias in his conversation with GoBlackKnights.com on Wednesday. "Actually, I spoke to their d-line coach ... Coach Holmes for about 30-45 minutes and he gave me a run down of the program. I do have to take the ACT again, you know."

"Actually at DT as three technique is where schools are recruiting me, but Coach Holmes said I look great on the defensive front.

Elias has been working throughout the spring and the summer to build his game and prepare for his senior season, along with being noticed by college recruiters. "I've been to plenty of football camps and working out with my high school, along with doing training on my own," adds Elias, who's strong points are his foot work, hands and speed. "I have gone to a few speed session as well and they have paid off.

And through that payoff, he is hoping to build upon his 2011 stats that saw him compile 68 tackles, 6 sacks and 2 blocked passed.

Elias, who also participates in track and field at Dutchtown and won the state in the shot-put for the 5A class at 55 feet, had this to say about Army. "I didn't know much about them until he called and he gave me a run down that it's not all about football there," says Elias, who maintains a 3.3 GPA. "How they prepare me for the rest of my life and he also told me about how great the academics are there and that's very important to me."

Important enough that Elias, was able to take time out from his summer R&R to hear what Holmes had to say. "I was actually on vacation when Coach Holmes called. Afterwards, I did call and tell my dad and we will speak about it more when I get home."

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