2017 4-star cornerback Elijah Molden had his first trip to Stanford over the weekend. Molden visited Stanford on Saturday as part of Junior Day before participating in the Nike football camp "The Opening" on Sunday in San Leandro. The youngster was very impressed with what he saw on The Farm.
"It was amazing. It was incredibly organized. What they had to offer was above and beyond. We talked with the position coaches and talked to the head coach. He really broke down the techniques which is what I was looking for. After that we went into the academic portion and talked about life after football and transitioning from high school to college. "
Molden was thrilled when he got his offer from Stanford saying it was a dream offer for both him and his family. That being said, Stanford will have plenty of competition for Molden. His dad Alex is a former NFL cornerback and Oregon Duck. Now Alex serves as Elijah's defensive back coach at West Linn High School in Oregon.
"All the stuff they teach, my dad teaches right now. I think that is a huge advantage. Transitioning from high school football to college will be easier for me because I've been learning that stuff for the last two years. Coach Akina is a great guy and a great coach and really knows what he is talking about."
Once done with the technique portion of the day, there was the other technique that is critical at Stanford: Academics.
"We talked with some of the professors. I wasn't expecting the campus to be that big because so there are so few undergrad students. I was blown away by how big it was. All the infrastructure was incredible. We got to see the beautiful church. It was amazing."
It was a full day as Molden says they arrived at 8am and were done at 5:30pm
Molden says he is having a great time with the recruiting process so far. He'll be making more trips over the course of the next year.
"I love this so far. If I can do visits like that as much as I can it would be great. I like to take things slow and enjoy it as much as I can."
Going into his junior year, Molden is in no hurry to make any major life altering decisions. He'll likely wait and take his official visits his senior year. And then make a final decision after all that is complete. But a lot can happen between now and then.
Molden is interested in a career in sports marketing. He is also interested in studying abroad.
He still has plenty of time to figure it all out.
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