Big-Time 2016 WR Enjoys Auburn Visit

Niceville (Fla.) 2016 wide receiver Elijah Stove discusses his trip to Auburn to check out the Tigers.

Niceville, Fla.--One of the top 2016 wide receiver prospects in the country, athletic Elijah Stove already has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, South Florida and Tennessee. Recently he took a trip to the Plains to check out Gus Malzahn's Tigers and came away liking what he saw from the program and university.

"It was an amazing experience," Stove said. ‘It's a good school and a pretty good atmosphere. The coaches show deep character. Overall it was good. It was a new experience for me."

Coming off a huge season as a sophomore, the versatile Stove caught 32 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball 46 times for 275 yards and five touchdowns. Also a talented kick returner,, Stove totaled 176 yards on six returns this season. Defensively, Stove made 37 tackles including 26 solo stops and added three interceptions.

With those numbers it's no wonder that the 6-1, 178 Stove is already a hot commodity for several schools including Auburn. Spending much of his time on the Auburn campus with Malzahn and Auburn wide receiver Coach Dameyune Craig, Stove said he really likes the Tigers and especially enjoyed spending time with Craig.

Now that he's seen Auburn in person, Stove said there's no question the Tigers have what it takes to be in his top group at the moment.

"It's probably in my Top Five to be honest," Stove said. "It's just the character and tradition there. The coaches show the love to their players as well."

With plenty of time left before he has to make a decision, Stove said he's excited about his junior season and improving as a player. Focusing on the Niceville season and making a run at a state championship, he added that this fall he'll just continue to take a look at some of his favorite schools before starting to narrow down his focus in the fall of 2015.

"I'm going to take visits," Stove said of his immediate plans. "I'll probably wait until my senior year before I decide where I want to go. My mom and dad have to visit schools with me so we'll see what fits them and what fits me the best."

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