IE Quick Take: Steven Elmer

Midland (MI) product Steven Elmer became the first player to give Brian Kelly his verbal pledge in the class of 2013.'s Dave Berk offers his first take on the future Notre Dame offensive lineman.

On September 17, just prior to Notre Dame's battle with Michigan State, 2013 offensive lineman Steven Elmer gave Brian Kelly something to feel good about.

Elmer, who is considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the 2013 class, gave Kelly and his staff one of the earliest pledges in Irish history.

An early four-star prospect, Elmer has great physical size at 6-foot-6, 300-pounds to go with the potential to be a high level college player.


Elmer continues the trend by Kelly and his staff in recruiting long and athletic offensive linemen. On film from his sophomore season, Elmer shows the ability to get good pad level and drive defenders down the field while keeping his feet and balance.


Anytime you get a commitment this early you can have concerns about the long haul. However, from the couple of times I've spoken with Midland (MI) native, I've found his decision to pledge to the Irish was not just about football, but the entire Notre Dame experience. What you hope for with Elmer is he has a solid junior and senior campaign and keeps his health.


The Irish identified Elmer early and worked hard in his recruitment. While we're sure the staff was surprised by the early pledge, they know Elmer has the skill set and size to compete early during his career. The other area we feel Elmer will be strong is his willingness to help recruiting other members of the 2013 class. As we've said several times on this site, coach Kelly likes to get a head start on recruiting and with Elmer he's done just that. Top Stories