CoachSpeak: Elmer Great Player, Better Person

Notre Dame got its 2013 recruiting class off to a big start when right tackle Steven Elmer of Midland (Mich.) High committed Saturday. IrishEyes.com caught up with Elmer's coach to get the goods on the type of player, and individual, Irish fans can expect when Elmer finally gets to campus.

The 2012 class is still filling out, but Notre Dame got off to a terrific start for the 2013 class when Midland (Mich.) High right tackle Steven Elmer committed before Saturday's win against Michigan State.

And Midland coach Eric Methner said the Irish are getting a great player, and an even better individual.

"He's a super kid, extremely strong work ethic, he's an outstanding young man," Methner said. "He's a better person than he is a football player, and he's a heckuva football player. He's a quality kid, tremendous work ethic and comes from a great family."

The 6-foot-6, 297-pound Elmer plays right tackle at Midland because there is a three-year starter at left tackle. But he could move to left tackle as a senior.

"He can play anywhere we wanted him to play. He's an outstanding kid and a great player," Methner said. "He's a good player. He's a 6-6, 300-pound right tackle that runs well, moves well, is constantly working on playing with a lower pad level. He practices hard and plays well in the game. He knows the areas he has to work on maintain to be a good player.

"He has a nice combo of strength and speed. He has good feet for a big man, great speed. He's a 5.19(-second) 40 guy. He's far from a finished product he knows that. He's played four games his junior year in high school. He's a hard worker and knows what he needs to improve."

The football field isn't the only place Elmer succeeds.

"He's just an awesome person," Methner said. "He's humble respectful, taking all advanced placement classes. He's extremely bright. The teammates think work of him, coaches think the world of him."

Elmer already had offers from the Irish, Michigan, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Syracuse and Wisconsin, but Methner knew Notre Dame was a good fit.

"I think in his heart he felt Notre Dame was the right fit for him, academically," Methner said. "He's extremely bright and he liked all the things Notre Dame encompassed."


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