The Class 5A Griffins were not your average, run of the mill team, either. Dutchtown went 10-0 in the 2010 regular season and garnered the top seed in the playoffs. The River Parishes program subsequently won two playoffs games before succumbing to Westgate (New Iberia, La.) in the quarterfinals.
"We don't lose too many players on defense," said Elias, looking ahead to the '11 season. "We have (four-star safety) Landon Collins back. Last year, we had to overcome some adversity when (DL) Aaron Davis, (LB) Cole Harp, and CB (Johnathan Darville) all got injured."
Elias has continued to turn heads at combines over the past few months.
"I went to two National Underclassmen Combines and was named D-Line MVP at the Pearl, Mississippi, NUC," he said.
"I like TCU and LSU, of course," he said. "I like a few SEC teams: Arkansas and Alabama, for instance. TCU has a nice campus and I've grown fond of them over the past few years. They don't get the recognition that they deserve."
This summer, Elias plans to attend several camps, including three alone at LSU.
He's tough, as well.
"I broke my hand during the season last year, but I was able to get a foam cast on it and keep playing," he recalled.
He also benefited from playing with Effrem Reed, who signed with UL.
"I love Effrem and he was the leader of our team," said Elias. "He will be special in college. When everybody was goofing off, Effrem would get on them and get everybody together and focused before games."
Elias describes his game as follows: "I'm quick when I fire off the ball. I run a 4.9 in the 40-yard dash and I'm working on getting faster. I go full speed on every play, which is what you have to do."