This Elder Earning Respect

A hard-hitting junior football prospect already has multiple SEC scholarship offers including one from the national champion Auburn Tigers.

College Park, Ga.--Chaz Elder appears to be a long way from making a choice on where he wants to play college football, but based on his on-the-field performances as a sophomore and junior he should have plenty of choices.

The six-foot-one, 180-pound safety is expected to be one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia for the 2012 signee class.

Auburn's coaches obviously believe that is the case because they have already offered a scholarship to Elder, who has performed well at wide receiver, too.

"Safety is my main position," says Elder, who notes that he really enjoys the game. "I have been playing football since I was five. I have played other sports, too, but football has always been my main one. I hope to use it to go to college."

One of his other sports is track and field. He will be running the 110 hurdles this spring for Banneker High School.

Scheduled to take his ACT on Saturday, the prospect who won't turn 17 until April is ahead of the game with early SEC offers from Auburn and Ole Miss.

"Recruiting is going good now," he says. "A lot of schools are coming in. I still don't have any idea of where I want to go."

Commenting on the colleges who have offered, Elder says, "When I go to Auburn I just like it," he says. "I feel like I am home. I have not taken a visit to Ole Miss, but I have talked to one of their coaches."

Elder visited a junior day at Georgia in January and was planning to hit one this weekend at Florida, but has a conflict with his ACT. "The junior day at Georgia was good," he said.

Asked about his academics, the junior says, "I am good student and I stay out of trouble."

On the football field, he is trouble for opposing teams. "Chaz will really hit you--there is no doubt about that," says Chad Simmons, Scout's South Manager for recruiting. "He is definitely a player to watch for the 2012 class."

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