Elijah Molden (Brandon Huffman)

An Opponent's View: DB Elijah Molden

We continue our Opponent's View series, a critical view of each 2017 Washington signee, with a look at West Linn (Or.) CB Elijah Molden...


The Story - The Huskies had a lot to overcome with Molden. First, he is an Oregon legacy and his favorite school heading into the recruiting process was Stanford. Even with offers from both of those schools, plus USC, the Dawgs were able to win him over due to his relationship with the Husky coaches, Washington's academic stature and because he fell in love with the program and campus during his official visit in October.

Senior Season Stats - As a senior, Molden earned First-Team 6A All-State at cornerback and Second-Team at running back after helping lead his team to a 14-0 record and a 6A State Championship by posting 702 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 59 carries while also hauling in 19 receptions for 249 yards and six more scores on offense and racking up over 50 tackles and three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. 

Opposing Coach's View - "Tough, smart and really, really talented. Those are the best things I can say about him and I don't think even that's enough honestly. The kid did it all. He's really smart at reading routes and his ball skills are good. I think they could be better and he'll probably improve with those once he gets (to Washington), but man, that kid is special. I know he's projected on defense, but he'd be great on offense too."

Opposing Players' View - "He uses his hands well and he rarely gets fooled on double-moves or on combo-routes. He broke off his coverage one time on a combo-route and almost made an impossible pick. He read it perfectly. Offensively, he's explosive, but he wasn't the toughest runner. I took him down a couple of times with an arm tackle. Don't get me wrong, he's really, really good, but I think that's something that you have to look at when you're evaluating whether he should be on offense or defense. Defensively, he really doesn't have any flaws honestly. He's scary good and he wasn't much of a talker. He just did his job, he hit you hard and then he'd help you up and give you a pat on the head and say, 'let's go'. That's just his nature and what he does on the field. I always respected him for that."

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