Eliades Talks About Pledge

Fight On State caught up with the Nittany Lions' most recent addition to the Class of 2006, New Jersey lineman Lou Eliades, to get his comments on his decision process and his thoughts on joining Penn State.

Lou Eliades, the four-star, 6-foot-4, 285 pound, 5.0 second forty lineman from Ocean Township High School in Oakhurst, N.J. became Penn State's fourteenth member of the Class of 2006 after calling Coach Bill Kenney last night to make his pledge.

As Eliades explained, "I called Coach Kenney last night and told him I was ready to commit." Coach Kenney joked with the lineman, asking if he was pledging to Penn State, to which Eliades answered "yes."

Eliades was supposed to head south this coming weekend to see what the Gamecocks of South Carolina and Coach Steve Spurrier had to offer, however those plans changed this weekend.

"I just wanted to get it over with. I've known for some time that I wanted to go to Penn State, so I figured why not just get it over with and commit?"

Eliades had an impressive list of offers from programs like South Carolina, Notre Dame, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. In the end though it came down to two major factors.

"The biggest factors in my decision were location and academics," Eliades stated. He plans on majoring in exercise science.

Although he made his pledge last night to Coach Kenney, today he had the opportunity to talk with Coach Paterno, who took time out of his Orange Bowl schedule to chat with the newest Nittany Lion.

According to Eliades, "Coach Paterno was excited when I talked to him. He said they have a good team now, but with this incoming class it could be an even better team in the future."

According to Eliades the Penn State coaching staff is trying to get five offensive linemen in the Class of 2006.

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