Molden on Opening regional MVP performance

West Linn (Ore.) defensive back Elijah Molden details his time in Eugene at The Opening regional, where he took home MVP honors.

Fresh off an MVP performance at The Opening regional camp in Eugene on Sunday, West Linn (Ore.) defensive back Elijah Molden spoke with eDuck about the his camp experience on Wednesday evening.

“That was my goal going into the camp actually,” Molden said of earning MVP. “There weren’t too many DB’s there so I was pretty exhausted by the end of the camp and I felt like I got all I needed to accomplish in a day’s work.”

Molden, son of former Duck and NFL defensive back Alex, said that he thought the wide receivers he faced were on par or even better than those he saw at the regional camp in Oakland last month. After talking with the camp coaches, he got a little feedback on his game.

“They said I was doing the right things but I could polish up some stuff,” he said. “They didn’t tell me anything in particular, but I’m guessing I could move my feet a little and, I guess, get more route recognition, depending on where they’re lining up.”

Having already been to Oregon several times and already late for a team camp, Molden didn’t stick around after the regional event. Looking ahead, he said he could visit Washington over the summer and is currently combing through the 2015 Ducks football schedule to look for opportunities to visit.

USC, Oregon and Stanford are the only three schools that Molden has visited thus far. He said he does not have a current leader, but the aforementioned three may have a leg up on other programs for a simple reason.

“I’m still feeling things out,” he said. “The schools I’ve gotten visits too have been picking up the most just because I’m familiar. I guess I have a setting to a college now. When I think of a certain school I can picture myself going there because I’ve visited it.”

Outside of those three programs, a number of others are still trying to make headway with the 2017 prospect by inviting him to numerous camps.

Washington State’s on me pretty hard,” he said. “Florida State is wanting me to go to their camps. Same with USC. They really wanted me to go to their camps. Unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to be able to make it to any of those because I’m pretty involved in my team right now. UCLA wants me to go to their camps. Notre Dame and Michigan wanted me (to go to their camps).”


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