Position – DT, OG
Current Size and Speed – 6-foot-4, 297
High School – Archbishop Shaw
City/State – Marrero, La.
Academic Status – 3.2 GPA
Other major offers – Florida State, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Nebraska
Scout.com Position Ranking – No. 35 (***)
Elliot Porter was recruited at defensive tackle by most schools, the same position he suited up at during his years at Shaw High.
When LSU called with an offer, the fact that it came with the idea that Porter would switch to the offensive line didn’t hesitate the Marrero-native in the least. A month after landing the scholarship, Porter was on board with Les Miles and his staff.
Headed to campus in June, here is a look - beyond the field – at Elliot Porter.
On the position move… “I have the nasty streak, and that is what coach Stud really loved about me for the offensive line. When I see someone coming I want to get out and kill his momentum. I love getting after it, and that was the biggest thing for the LSU staff. Their confidence in me helped build me up and become more confident in myself. I feel like it shouldn’t be a problem.
On others before him… “From the LSU staff I always hear Joe Barksdale, who was a defensive lineman in Michigan but switched to offensive tackle when he came to Baton Rouge. The Pouncey Twins at Florida also played some defensive line in high school. I look around the SEC and everyone has players that they recruit to make the switch. I am just focused on proving that it was a good decision.”
On choosing the Tigers… “Being from Louisiana, the choice wasn’t tough. As soon as the offer came I started to get anxious wondering if I should take it. It probably wasn’t a month later before I went ahead and committed. As soon as my parents and I got on the same page about how comfortable we were with my college choice, that was when I called them up.”
On the reaction from his parents… “My mom was the person who really had to find out more. My dad always loved everything about LSU. Once my mom met the staff and saw how confident I was that LSU was the place, she was super happy. We are a purple and gold family now.”
Keeping LSU in the family… “My cousin was Ralph Norwood, who played there through 1989 and was a second round draft pick. He died in an automobile accident (1989), but my decision sort of carried on his name. I know he’s happy for me.”
If it wasn’t LSU… “I would have gone to Florida State or maybe Arkansas. Those schools really showed me some love throughout the process, especially FSU. I think I could have fit in at either place and really enjoyed it.”
On his new workout plan… “Coach Moffitt has me staying in shape with the freshman plan. Right now I am at 297 [pounds]. I have knocked out a lot of the strength stuff, but the running has been sort of put off until school is over with next week. After that I will be focused on all of the running aspects of the program.”
On life off the field… “I enjoy video games, especially NCAA. LSU, obviously, is the team I always roll with. My friends and I are always getting into that.”
The movie type… “I am into stories where someone comes up from nothing and makes it big, because that is the sort of story pretty much everyone can relate to. One of my favorites is He Got Game.”
Best food… “Homemade biscuits. I always go with them. My mom makes some amazing ones.”
Closest friends in the class… “Ty [Mathieu] and Ron [Vinson] are both New Orleans guys that I enjoy hanging out with. We talk a lot about brining the New Orleans swagger back to the LSU program. They have guys like Drake [Nevis] and Lamin [Barrow], but not a ton of players on a consistent basis. With us coming in and guys like Anthony Johnson coming in the next year, New Orleans will be back as a piece of the LSU football program. We look forward to being a part of that.”