Auburn In The Mix For Hawaii Lineman

Four-star Michael Eletise talks about getting an Auburn offer, his process for making a decision, and more.

Honolulu, HI--A member of the Scout 300 and rated a four-star guard prospect, 6-3, 313 Michael Eletise has seen his recruiting take off in a dramatic way in recent months with offers pouring in from all over the country. Included in that group is Auburn after Coach J.B. Grimes offered the athletic lineman after seeing video of him in action.

Getting in contact with Grimes over twitter, the two exchanged messages until finally catching up by phone. That’s when the offer happened for Eletise, news that is exciting to him because of the history and tradition surrounding the Tigers’ program.

“Everybody knows Auburn, Alabama and all those schools, so I was super excited when they offered me,” Eletise tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “To be honest I don’t know that much about the program except that they’re really good and that they beat Alabama. I have seen that game and that was crazy.”

Capable of playing guard, center or even tackle on the next level because of his combination of size, quickness and footwork, Eletise is being recruited as an interior lineman by most of the nearly 40 offers on his list at the moment. With Auburn’s early focus on adding help at tackle, getting an offer as a possible interior player must mean the Tigers were really impressed by what they saw and that makes it even more exciting for Eletise.

“They said they liked my footwork,” Eletise said. “They just offered me as an offensive lineman, but I’m pretty sure they would put me either at guard or center because I’m not the tallest lineman out there. I’m pretty sure it’s my footwork so that would put me as a guard or center.”

Even though Auburn is a long, long way from his home in Hawaii, the lure of playing in the SEC is something that is strong enough to make the Tigers one of the teams Eletise will consider moving forward. While he will look, he added that he’s still very wide open as the process continues to heat up.

“I don’t have to think about it,” Eletise said. “I would totally go to Auburn. I will go anywhere, the SEC, Pac-12, any of those schools I will go to. It doesn’t really matter to me as long as I know the coaches are good and stuff like that.

“I don’t have any favorites yet,” he added. “I’m just trying to get to know the coaches and more coaches are coming in. I can’t really say who is on the top or anything because I’m trying to get to know the coaches and build a good relationship. I’m just trying to see where I fit perfectly and what school is for me.”

Saying that he would like to make Auburn one of his visits, Eletise said he would like to take some trips in August and possibly in the fall before making his decision. With an invite to The Opening in July likely making him even more of a priority recruit in the 2016 class, things could get even busier for the talented lineman before all is said and done.

“I want to make some official visits before I commit,” Eletise said. “It’s hard because I want to take unofficial visits to all these schools, but being at a disadvantage because I live in Hawaii I can’t get in a care everyday and go across the country.”

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