"I have basically been lifting really hard and running. I have also been doing some plyos for agility. I just got done for the day. I do it everyday."
The offers have caught up to Eliades who earned All-County (Monmouth) honors as a junior. "I am up to 21 offers. I have started to narrow things down a bit. I have a top five or six. I have Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Maryland. I have to sit down with my coach and figure out the best time to take my officials."
All of those schools seem relatively close to Eliades and he admits that distance played a factor in trimming his list to his current favorites. He also had some other criteria that he was looking at when it came to paring his list.
"I wouldn't go to California or someplace real far. I don't want to go too far away or stay real close to home. I have to have a good relationship with the offensive line coach. I need to have good chemistry with the players on the team. There is the academics too. There is also the campus and the size of the school."
A school that has offered, but may have something more going against it than distance is Nebraska. The Huskers came in late in comparison to some of the other offers that Eliades had received and some trimming had already taken place. The bigger problem though for Nebraska is climate in Lou's eyes.
"Nebraska has offered me. They were about the 20th offer I received. I had already narrowed things down a bit by that point. It was a weather thing too. I don't want to go anywhere that it is too cold. From what I hear, like Nebraska, Syracuse and Wisconsin are all pretty cold places."