Defensive tackle will likely be a position that the NC State coaching staff hits hard in the class of 2009 and one of the names they’re keeping a close eye on is Josh Elizondo from Naples (Fla) High School. The Pack has had success at the school before, landing RB Jamelle Eugene back in 2005 and have put themselves in position to be a main player for the latest Naples standout.
At 6-2, 280 pounds, Elizondo was one of the keys in helping lead Naples to a perfect 15-0 record and 3A state championship in 2007. The talented defensive tackle has been hard at work preparing for another title run in 2008.
“We’re doing weight training right now and we start football in about two weeks,” he said. “That’s when we start our three day camp and then go to our regular practice. I’ve been working hard on my squat this summer to try to get that up.”
On the recruiting scene Elizondo has landed scholarship offers from NC State, Duke, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Troy, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Kentucky. The rising senior admits he doesn’t know very much about the Wolfpack program just yet but is looking forward to learning more later in the year.
“They’ve been sending me a lot of stuff and I’m pretty interested in them,” said Elizondo. “I was talking to Jamelle and he told me it’s a nice program. They have a nice strength program and a nice defensive line coach and that’s about all I know about them right now. I’m planning to take an official visit there so I can learn more about their program then.”
In addition to NC State, Elizondo said he also plans to take official visits to Duke, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Florida State. He added that those trips will play the largest factor in determining his future college.
“I’m not going to choose a school until I take my visits,” he said. “I mean, I can like the school but if I don’t know the program itself personally I don’t want to commit.”
While he has yet to name any specific favorites, it would appear that Florida State could certainly emerge as a team to watch although they’ve yet to offer. Interestingly, the Noles are also the only school recruiting Elizondo for the offensive line.
“FSU wants to recruit me as a center or guard,” he said. “They haven’t offered yet but they’ve got to work their numbers to see if they can offer me. I’ve been to Florida State already this summer and I liked it up there so I hope they’ll offer me.”
When it comes time to make a decision, Elizondo said he has three areas of focus as he begins to make his official visits.
“My major, being close to home and the personality of the people there at the school will be important to me. I’m looking to major in engineering or physical therapy.”