Steven Elmer (Offensive Linem, 6'6" 297 pounds)"Elmer has the size, the mobility and also the smarts to be a great one for the Irish. He has put in the work too, training with former NFL All-Pro Lomas Brown. He's developed some of that mean streak he lacked early in his career while refining his technique. In a great offensive line class for ND, he stands out because of his athleticism."
-- National Recruiting Analyst, Allen Trieu
Midland High School head coach Eric Methner offered the following of Elmer in an interview with Irisheyes.com recruiting analyst, Brian Dohn.
"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."
"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."
Veterans returning on the Offensive Line: 5th-year seniors Zack Martin (LT) and Chris Watt (LG), redshirt-juniors Christian Lombard (RT), *Tate Nichols (RT) and Bruce Heggie (G), redshirt-sophomores Conor Hanratty (G), Nick Martin (C/T/G), and Matt Hegarty (C/T), redshirt-freshmen Ronnie Stanley (OT) and Mark Harrell ©
*Nichols career remains in question due to a recurring knee injury.
Berk on Elmer: From the day he gave the Irish his pledge he's never wandered and should be applauded for that. Great kid who understands the work needed on and off the field to excel. Great physical size with an ever improving skill set makes Elmer a player whose best football is ahead of him. Capable of playing tackle or guard in college.
Dohn on Elmer: Elmer is long and already does a nice job in pass protectionand can get to the second level blocking a running play. He's a big kid inevery aspect, and can play guard or tackle. He is versatile enough to pull butneeds to learn to bury defensive players more.
O'Malley's Initial SlottingEarly enrollment gives Elmer a chance to crack Notre Dame's varsity two-deep next fall, a designation that is generally accompanied by a redshirt-season, but one that gave a leg up to 2011 varsity freshmen Nick Martin and Conor Hanratty, both of whom enter 2013 as candidates to start.
A right tackle throughout his high school career, Elmer could move into the same role in a backup capacity this spring, especially if senior Tate Nichols accepts a medical hardship scholarship waiver as expected. At Notre Dame, both the right tackle and right guard are used in pulling action (from the right through the left side) in the team's read-option run game. Elmer has the footwork to excel in this capacity much like 2010-11 starter Taylor Dever, and incumbent Christian Lombard in the latter portion of 2012.
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