Linebacker Wants To Hear From Duke

San Antonio linebacker Nick Elder is an instinctual player who has some solid film, so there is no wonder that a number of colleges are tracking him very closely. has the latest on his recruitment.

Nick Elder, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from Central Catholic Marianist High in San Antonio, Texas is enjoying the recruiting process.

"It's been pretty good," Elder explained. "I am receiving interest from a number of schools."

"The schools that are recruiting me the hardest are Georgia Tech, Rice, Northwestern and Iowa State. I have been talking to SMU a little bit too and UTSA offered me a scholarship two weeks ago."

Because he is looking for a program that combines strong academics and athletics Elder would like to also start to hear more from "Villanova, Duke, and Stanford".

Elder braved the wintry weather to get out to see SMU for a Jr. Day visit this past weekend and he has another major trip lined up in the future.

"I just visited SMU," Elder began. "It was a cool trip. I got to see the campus and meet the coaches. The worst part was trying to get up there through all the snow. It was fine in San Antonio but they had like nine or 10 inches of snow."

"I also plan to make it to Georgia Tech's junior day. I believe that is going to be on April 17th or 18th. I sent them my film and they really liked it a lot and wanted me to come out. Their new DC seems very interested."

Elder believes that all of the recruiting attention and the possibility of playing D1 football is like living a dream.

"It is great," Elder exclaimed of the recruiting attention and the fact that it looks certain he will be playing at the highest level in college.

"My dream was to always play D1 football. I never thought that it would actually work out like that because it is so hard to actually be one of those players that will make it to that level, but now that it is happening it is really exciting and an awesome experience."

Elder is solid backer and he talked a little about his strength, what part of his game he needs to improve on, and who he tries to pattern his game after.

"My biggest strength is just having a nose for the football," Elder said. "I am always going to be around the ball. Also my hitting ability and my ability to make good solid tackles. As far as weaknesses I need to get stronger at shedding blocks."

"Brian Urlacher is always the guy I think it would be really cool to be like. He is a big hitter and is also always the face of his defense."

As a junior, Elder collected 138 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, four sacks and forced two fumbles.

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