After an 8-4 season that ended with a 37-13 loss at Acadiana on Nov. 20, Elliot Porter is almost done with high school football.
The final stop is the Offense-Defense Bowl, which five LSU commitments were named to as All-Americans.
Suiting up for Team East, which has built a 2-0 record over Team West in the two years of the annual event, are five LSU commitments: linebacker Justin Maclin, safety Ronnie Vinson, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, offensive lineman Cameron Fordham and defensive tackle Elliot Porter.
For Porter, the chance to travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for New Years was not a tough call. All the while, the future Tiger said that he did not accept the invitation to log hours on the vacation log.
“I am ready to step up and play next to and against some of the best competition out there, and this is a great shot to do that,” Porter said. “There are a few LSU boys that will be out there, and we want to represent for sure.”
Like most, Porter was caught off guard last weekend when LSU running backs and assistant head coach Larry Porter announced his intent to fill the vacant head coaching position at the University of Memphis.
The Shaw standout, who will play offensive guard at the collegiate level, was recruited to LSU by Porter. With the departure, the three-star prospect sent his best wishes.
“Coach Porter was a really great coach, but he had the opportunity to move up and he has to take that,” he said. “I have nothing but love for him. You are happy for someone like him when he gets that kind of job.
“Still, I am LSU. I am going to be LSU, no matter who the coaches are. That is just how it goes.”
This past weekend, Porter was in the stands when LSU pulled off the 33-30 overtime win over Arkansas.
“It was insane, especially when Drake [Nevis] got the big stop on the run in overtime,” said Porter of fellow Marrero native Drake Nevis. “He is a close friend, so I went wild when he made the play. After Arkansas missed the kick, I was jumping up and down like everyone else.
“Right now I can only be a big fan of LSU, but next season I will be down on the field and it will be the real deal.”
Porter, who finished the regular season with 38 total tackles in only six games of action, said that after the All-American game his focus would turn to preparing his body for the switch that lies ahead.
“I got hurt the first four games, but came back strong and am ready to get back to form,” Porter said. “From playing defensive tackle in high school to offensive guard in college, I need to start working on technique and getting different parts of my body bigger. I am at 290 now; I won’t need to get much bigger. I don’t want to lose speed, because I want to be the fastest offensive lineman out there. I just have to keep studying film and get my body right.”