Army may offer Louisiana star

Army is getting very close to extending an offer to Geismar (La.) Dutchtown High School's David Elias. The 6-foot-2, 260 pound defensive tackle received a call from Clarence Holmes who expressed the staff's interest in the Pelican State prospect.

"The defensive line coach (Holmes) called me and said he loved my film and that they were very interested," said David Elias. "I need to take the ACT again and improve in one subject. He basically said there would be an offer for me if I did well on the test. All I know about [Army] is that it's a very high academic school. I'm definitely interested and will be do some research to learn more about West Point.

"Coach Holmes told me to keep in touch with him every other week. He thinks I'd be a good fit in their flex defense. He said he thought I was a tremendous athlete. He really made me feel they were heavily interested in me."

Elias holds offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana, and McNeese State. This summer he has camped at camps Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, ULM at his high school, and Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I'm keeping my options open and trying to visit as many campuses as I can this summer," he said. "I'll probably wait until after the season to make a commitment. I'm looking for the right place that feels like home where I can comfortably spend the next four years of my life. My relationship with the coaches will be a big part of my decision too. Academics are probably the most important factor for me and the education you receive at Army is second to none."

As a junior Elias had 68 tackles, five sacks, and two pass breakups. He was named All-Metro and All-District for the second straight year. This year, however, he'll move inside to the 3-technique after spending two seasons at defensive end.

"In the spring I thought I did well [at the position]" said Elias. "You get a lot of double teams. You just have to stay low and violent and make sure you get your hands up. I'm being recruited at defensive tackle. That's where Army likes me, so I think [the move] will help prepare me for playing inside when I get to college."

Elias won state in the shot put for Louisiana 5A with a throw of 55 feet. The Griffins start practicing in helmets on Monday and begin their season August 31st at Lutcher. He wears No. 91 for Dutchtown football. Also a good student, Elias reports a 3.3 GPA heading into his senior year.

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