Ellefsen's Play in Mandeville Pays Off

Mandeville High defensive end Everett Ellefsen has opened the eyes of college recruiters with his play during the season. Ellefsen has picked up two offers recently and is focused on helping Mandeville reach the 2009 5A state playoffs.

"Recruiters have told me they like my frame, quickness, agility… and that I never give up in pursuit," said Mandeville High's Everett Ellefsen, a 6'3" 232 lb defensive end. "Also, they all say to basically to take care of my school work, help my team any way I can and that this recruiting process will take care of itself."

The senior has helped this season with 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries.

"We started with some tough losses to some highly rated teams," explained Ellefsen of the Skippers' season, "since then we've won 5 in a row and seem to be coming together." Mandeville's defensive line coach Harl Penton runs his players through daily drills that Everett sees in the summer.

"For sure," said Everett when asked about his development in high school. "We have great coaches at Mandeville, a lot of the techniques that we're being taught at summer camps have been part of our drills we run daily here. Coach Penton has really helped me with my game. "We run a 3-5-3 defense; it requires the linemen to have speed and agility," Everett added, "not traditional big guys just plugging gaps. It's primarily used to stop the spread offense."

Right now Everett has interest from Louisiana, Tulane, ULM, SLU, McNeese, and NSU. He is holding offers from McNeese and Southeastern. Everett's father Eric would absolutely love to see his son play college football.

"As a parent you like to see your children engaged and passionate about something" explained Eric. "Football can aid in developing the skills that equip a person for life. "I'd like to see him in an environment that he can excel both in football and classroom, place where he can compete and is surrounded by positive influences. Also, it's nice to have the support of the community to make for a great total experience."

Everett and Eric were in Lafayette for a visit for the Kansas State game and were treated to a great game.

"I think it would be a good fit," said Eric of UL. "(Louisiana)'s a good institution with a solid football program based in an area with great community support."

"Yes," said Everett when asked if he'd visited the campus. "I came to Junior Day, the spring game, Camp and the Kansas State game. I know a few kids from Mandeville that attend."

"Everett can get off the ball well from either a 2 or 3 point stance; he navigates around trash and moves up and down the line of scrimmage well," says Eric of his son. "He shows the ability to use his hands to engage and separate from blockers and can also apply pressure off the edge. He has a nice frame but needs to keep developing physically. "He's kind of a high-cut kid but holds up well at the point of attack," Eric added. "When he gets into a college weight program he will add some serious bulk which makes him a prospect with some solid upside. Everett is very coachable."

Everett camped at UL, Tulane, Northwestern St, ULM, Mcneese St, and LSU, and has also visited Tulane and McNeese this season. He scored a 24 on his ACT, maintains a 2.85 in his required core classes, runs a 4.7 40, benches 275, squats 405, and plans to major in Kinesiology.

Everett usually has an advantage when he play, he credits that edge to three things.

"Quickness, my ability to read, and conditioning," Everett listed.

Three important skills, regardless of position.

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