Anxiety is building across America for those senior prospects that have yet to offer their verbal commitments, while it has been clear sailing for one of LSU's Class of 2010 prospects.
Archbishop Shaw High School product Elliot Porter offered the Tigers his verbal pledge in July and he’s never thought twice about his decision.
“Everything is good,” Porter expressed. “I’m really feeling good and it’s exciting to know everything (recruiting) is finally coming to an end. I didn’t even realize signing day was that close until now. I can’t wait!”
Although Porter has taken several trips to the LSU campus unofficially, the Scout.com three-star prospect said he will be cashing in on his official visit this upcoming weekend.
“I will be visiting LSU officially this weekend,” Porter informed. “I’ve been there a bunch of times already, but this time I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the players and forming a bond with them. I also want to get a feel for how campus life will be during school, so I’ll be ready come June.”
Porter’s focus will primarily be on the players due to the fact he already has a tight-knit relationship with the LSU coaches.
“I think my relationship with the LSU coaching staff is phenomenal,” Porter stated. “I’m really close with Coach Stud (Greg Studrawa) and I’ve been talking with Coach (Frank) Wilson since he was at Tennessee and I’ve talked to him a lot since he’s been at LSU.”
Many of Porter’s conversations with the LSU staff came during the season as the coaches pushed him through his knee injury. While the injury plagued him for much of his senior season, it did not prevent the 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman from finishing strong.
“Overall I think our season went well, but I missed a few games with a knee injury (meniscus),” Porter said. “I had my knee scoped and then I came back in week five and finished with 45 tackles including three or four sacks. I didn’t think that was bad for playing in a 3-3-5 defense.”
Those numbers were not bad for a defensive lineman who played just half of a season. However, for Porter, that was not his only season as he traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to participate in the Offense-Defense-All-American Game. This time, though, the big man lined up on a side of the ball he doesn’t have a lot of experience on.
“It was a different kind of experience,” Porter said of the O-D Bowl. “They had me on offense and I wasn’t used to playing on offense. It’s something you have to learn because a lot of it is based off of rhythm. Those kinds of games are usually dominated by the defense and it was. I needed more reps and that’s the good thing about LSU because there, I’ll get more reps.
“I’ll be playing offensive guard at LSU and I’m excited about it,” Porter added. “I’m going to be offensive minded, but I’m still going to be aggressive and attack everything like I would on defense. I’m going to be the quickest offensive lineman too. I’m going to hunt down everybody from the defensive linemen to the linebackers.”
In some way, over the past few years, Porter has been a hunter chasing down his dream.
"Five years ago it was just a dream," Porter said of the thought of landing a big time scholarship offer. "I have a headline from a newspaper of Joe McKnight in my room from when he was going through the recruiting process and then signed with USC. I used that as motivation and now today I have 32 scholarship offers. I'm also a believer in God so I have to thank God for that."