Elder talks official, UA game

Banneker (College Park, Ga.) standout DB and South Carolina target Chaz Elder recaps his official visit to South Carolina and gives his thoughts on recently being honored for his selection to the Under Armour All-America game.

Banneker (College Park, Ga.) standout DB and South Carolina target Chaz Elder had a big week.

Over the weekend, Elder took his first official visit to Columbia to see South Carolina's victory over Clemson. Tuesday, Elder was honored in front of his classmates and received his jersey to play in January's Under Armour All-America game.

South Carolina has long been the leader for Elder, who has a final three of USC, Georgia and Vanderbilt, and the visit helped the Gamecocks' chances even more, Elder says.

"It was good," he said. "I got a chance to see where the players stay at, got a chance to talk to the coaches. I got to hang out with some of the players. And it was fun, it was fun."

Elder was hosted on the visit by defensive backs Sheldon Royster and C.C. Whitlock.

"They said it's pretty cool," Elder says. "It looked like they made the right choice. But other than that we were just talking about other stuff."

One of the highlights of Elder's trip was seeing USC defeat archrival Clemson in what was the best atmosphere at Williams Brice Stadium this season.

"I wasn't expecting that much excitement," Elder said. "It was pretty loud. They were throwing towels around everywhere. It was loud.

"They played pretty good. They kind of held Clemson's offense down and Clemson is supposed to have a good offense."

That atmosphere and Elder's relationship with his recruiter of record and potential future position coach Lorenzo Ward has the Gamecocks out front.

"For one, I like the atmosphere up there," Elder says. "It's pretty cool. And I really like my relationship with Coach Ward. We kind of think a like. We're kind of similar."

The 6-foot-2, 172-pound corner has the size that Ward likes in his corners.

"I'm a good-sized DB," said Elder, asked what Ward likes about his game. "I've got good range and long arms and I can move."

Elder also got to meet with head coach Steve Spurrier on the trip.

"We talked about his history and his past a little bit," Elder said. "We talked about how great South Carolina was, and that's pretty much it other than the regular stuff. He's a cool guy, he's a cool guy."

Elder will take his official visit to Georgia next weekend.

"I kind of like that they're in-state," he said of his interest in the Bulldogs. "Georgia really takes care of their players. It's just a good school."

He says he could also take an official visit to Vanderbilt before deciding, though he doesn't currently have anything set up.

"I could help come in and change a lot," Elder said of why he's interested in the Commodores. "They didn't really have a lot of top prospects commit there or go there and play past years."

After taking his visits, Elder will make his final decision on national TV during the Under Armour All-America game on January 5.

"Probably South Carolina right now," he replies when asked who's in the lead.

Elder was honored in front of his classmates during lunch Tuesday as he received his jersey for the game. "Today was one of my best days in high school ever!!!!!" he Tweeted at the time.

"I loved it, I loved it," Elder said. "Every since the first game, I've been wanting to play in it."

"Ever since I saw someone else (announce on TV), I've been wanting to do it," he added.

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