Bears Looking at San Mateo Safety

Safety is a priority for Cal in the 2010 class. Despite offers out to some of the top prep prospects in the nation, the Bears are still keeping tabs on a local JUCO safety who says Cal is close to offering...

San Mateo has several D-1 prospects on their roster and one of the best is S Eddie Elder (5-11, 187) who had an outstanding freshman season in 2008. He's already got two offers in his back pocket and more could be on the way in the near future.

"Things have been going good," Elder told "I have two offers -- New Mexico State and Arizona -- and Cal is after me pretty hard, but I have to get these two classes completed before they can offer me and that's what I'm working on right now."

Elder was unable to qualify for a scholarship out of high school and decided to play ball for San Mateo so he could continue his football career.

"Oregon offered me and wanted me, but I couldn't qualify," Elder lamented. "It was frustrating for me because I tried hard, but when San Mateo told me they wanted me and I figured out they did a good job of getting guys moved to the next level I felt like it was the best option for me to keep playing."

As a freshman in 2008, Elder played mainly free safety while also dropping down to corner in the nickel and dime packages, notching 49 tackles, two sacks and an impressive seven interceptions.

"I love playing safety because you can see the whole field," Elder said. "I have the speed (4.6) and quickness to play corner, but free safety is fun because I can make plays on the ball when it's in the air.

"When that ball goes up, sometimes I feel like a receiver and I feel like that ball is mine. I will battle for it and most times I can make the play."

In addition to his two offers and the interest from Cal, Elder is also hearing from Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa State.

He's been hard at work in the classroom and he'll finish up his AA degree in December with three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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