Porter Open to the Recruiting Process

Elliot Porter's recruitment got off to a slow start, but as the May evaluation period comes to a close he has seen the interest pick up. Florida State recently threw their hat in the ring as they extended him an offer. NoleDigest caught up with him to get his thoughts on his recruitment and to see what he's looking for during this process.

Elliot Porter is a massive defensive lineman from Archbishop Shaw High in Marreno, LA. The 6'4" 290 pound recruit has the size and quickness that colleges are looking for, yet his recruitment has gotten off to a quiet start. Now that the May evaluation period is nearly complete Porter says he's now at 14 offers, and that schools from all over the southeast are showing him interest.

"Things have been great for me so far," said Porter of his recruitment. "At first it started slowly but now I have 14 offers. Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, FIU, Tulsa and now Florida State are some of the schools that have offered me. I'd like to pick up an offer from LSU, but that doesn't mean I'd jump right on it because I like the schools that have offered me. Also Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and other SEC schools are evaluating me now."

Elliot told NoleDigest that at this stage in the game he is a run stopper first and a pass rusher second. Right now he plays the 5-tech in a 3-3-5 defensive scheme but says a move to the 3-tech is most likely going to happen when he gets to college.

"I'm a run stuffer first and a pass rusher second," explained Porter on his playing style. "I like to have gap control and feel that my size helps me do that. On my team I play the 5-tech but in college I will probably move inside. I can play both (3 and 5) but the 3 is my future."

"I am a big guy who moves very well for a big man," continued Porter. "I played basketball for a long time so I think that helped me out with my footwork. I have good feet and that is what I am known for. I want to continue working on my speed and I want to add muscle when I get into college."

Coach Coley was in Louisiana this past week to see Porter in action, and he came away impressed enough to extend him an offer. Since then he has spoken to FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, and he says FSU will be a school he looks at during his process.

"This week FSU offered me," Porter said, "and they were here to see me this week also. Coach Coley came to see me and he spoke to my coach about how much they liked me and that they were going to offer. I also spoke to Coach Andrews over the phone for about 20 minutes. He was telling me how there is playing time available there and about their depth chart. FSU most definitely will be there because they are big on defensive linemen. They just had one drafted this year. I don't know when I will visit FSU but I plan on doing it. It may be for an official visit."

Elliot says that there are several factors going into his recruitment. Right now he says he is looking at each offer coming in and trying to decide when a decision will come.

"Academics are first, playing time is second and the tutoring and academic support they have is third," Porter said when asked about what he is looking for in a program. "Right now I am looking at all of the offers coming in. Every school I have talked to have good people and everyone is offering me playing time. It's hard to decide now, and there are other schools that could come into the picture. Right now I am confused about when a decision is going to come. Either way I plan on taking all 5 of my official visits."

Elliot is a recruit the coaches at FSU are just starting to recruit as they like what they see in him. Things could change but Porter says getting out of state is something that he is interested in doing. If that happens and a visit to FSU is made, look for the Seminoles to play a part in Elliot's decision.

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Elliot, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 recruiting class.


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