Growing up in a household of Auburn fans, Elder said the visit was a big one for him because it was his first time to see the inner workings of the program. Getting to spend time with Gus Malzahn, J.B. Grimes and the rest of the staff, he said that he’s looking forward to learning more about them moving forward.
“It was great,” Elder said. “I really had never seen Auburn like this. I had been there for a couple of games and they had never reached out like they have the past couple of weeks. Coach Grimes got on twitter and got me down there. I was looking forward to seeing everything and I really liked it.”
A physical lineman that is being recruited as a tackle by most programs, the 6-4, 285 Elder can move his feet and finishes blocks well. Because of that Auburn sees him as potentially an interior offensive lineman and while he doesn’t have an offer yet from the Tigers, Elder believes one could be coming.
“Coach Grimes loves my film and loves how I get after people and come off the ball and run block great,” Elder said. “As far as where I am with them in the recruiting process, they have offered a bunch of tackles and guard-wise they took a lot last year. They are looking strongly at guards, but they don’t want to offer a ton of people.
“He really loves me and loves what I do. He sees me as a guard right now, unless I grow which is possible because of my dad (6-11). He just wants to keep seeing me and they are going to recruit me just as hard as they would some of their tackles. He likes how I am and how I play.”
Growing up less than an hour from Auburn up I-85, Elder said getting the offer from the Tigers would be a huge one for him if and when it happens. While he would have to put fandom aside when making a decision, he admits that would be tough to do with the Tigers.
“It would mean the world,” Elder said of getting an offer from Auburn. “It’s just down the road from me, it’s right here. I know they play some great football and I have actually grown up an Auburn fan. It has changed through this recruiting process, but I still love Auburn in a way.”