"I had always wanted to play," Eliades said. "I always tried (to cut weight) but never made it. I played freshman as a 9th grader and then started every game my sophomore year and have been in the starting lineup ever since."
When the Oakhurt (N.J.) Ocean Township standout lineman began getting close to 300 pounds, he hooked up with a personal trainer.
"We work a lot on quickness and agility and things like that," he said. "For my size, I think those are reasons why I'm different (than other O-Line prospects). Plus, I'm coachable and bring a good attitude to the table."
Lou Eliades, who now goes 6-4 1/2 and 295, has emerged as one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of New Jersey. He spent some time this summer at the University of Virginia football camp, improving his skills.
"It was a great camp," he said. "I picked up on a few things. Now I'm just trying to focus on having a good senior season."
In the meantime, Eliades is being recruited by college programs from all over the country.
"I'm looking at Virginia Tech, UVA, Penn State, Maryland, South Carolina, possibly Tennessee, and possibly Miami," he said. "I'm more interested right now in the schools I've already seen in person. I want to take official visits to Tennessee and South Carolina and might take one to Miami. I'm trying to keep recruiting on the back burner right now though."
The talented lineman, who broke freshman records at his school in the shot put and discus throws, talked more about the Hurricanes.
"They offered me the day of the Elite Combine here in New Jersey (May 4)," he said. "They've been on me all year. It's a great program and they put a lot of players into the NFL. Plus, it's a good academic school. I just don't know much more about it. That's why I might take a visit there. I'm not sure yet."
Eliades, a full academic qualifier, is scheduled to officially visit Penn State on October 8. That's his only visit for now.
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