More than Meets the Eye

Somerset (Wis.) tight end Gaelin Elmore doesn't jump off the page with his statistics, but the work he does in the blocking game has already generate BCS interest and a scholarship offer.

MADISON - Knowing that statistics dominant the sport when it comes to comparing and contrasting, Somerset (Wis.) tight end Gaelin Elmore knows his approximately 210 receiving yards and two touchdowns his junior year do not jump off the page.

Thankfully he recognizes there is more to the position that running and catching.

In Somerset's run-all-the-time offense, Elmore was a key blocking fixture who helped lead the school to the WIAA division 4 state championship last November at Camp Randall Stadium.

"I know my role isn't to catch passes as much as it is to block and open running lanes," Elmore told Badger Nation. "I am fine with it. I enjoy it. I did my job well enough for us to be a good team."

Schools have been able to look past the stats to see the potential that Elmore (6-5, 235 pounds) brings to the table. A week after his junior day visit to the campus, Elmore received his first scholarship offer from Minnesota at the beginning of February.

"It was excited," said Elmore. "I like the guys at Minnesota. They are a real good coaching staff. They are down to earth and good guys. Some of them remind me of my high school coach, which is a good thing. I got a chance to sit down and talk to Coach Kill for awhile. They've been sending me the most mail and the contact I'm getting from the Minnesota staff is pretty intense right now."

Although the Gophers are out in front, Wisconsin is not far behind. Planning to come down in March for a spring practice, Elmore has been talking to coaches on Facebook to get updates on the program.

"I want to feel out the coaching staff, see what people they brought in and see what's going on with the program now," said Elmore. "(The old) staff talked to my coaches a couple times and I got letters from them. They were in contact, but I don't know if you call it a relationship, so them leaving wasn't a huge deal to me."

Ironically, the one game Elmore was able to attend last season was Wisconsin's game against Gary Andersen's Utah State. And while born and raised in Illinois and not moving to the state until eighth grade, Elmore always watched Wisconsin and fell in love with the Badgers' tradition of solid tight ends.

"I've always wanted to be recruited by them and now I am," said Elmore. "How they used their tight ends always intrigued me. I've paid more and more attention to Wisconsin every year."

Of the 2014 in-state class, six players have already earned offers, three of whom have committed. While more interest would be nice, Elmore acknowledged that it's still early in the process to hear from the Badgers.

"I was fortunate to get Minnesota early, and I wasn't expecting to hear from them," said Elmore. "I'm fine with Wisconsin taking its time right now. If it gets later in my senior year and they aren't talking to me as much I might be worried."

With a busy AAU basketball schedule this summer, Elmore acknowledged he will have to balance basketball and summer camps in order to get more opportunities; a busy schedule that caused him to miss the Wisconsin camp last summer.

And while Wisconsin would be a significant boost to his offer list, the Badgers aren't what he would classify as a dream offer anymore.

"Wisconsin offering would definitely be an influential thing in the recruiting process, but I'll admit it was hard watching them sometimes last year," said Elmore. "Freshman or sophomore year, you could ask anybody and they would tell you I would have committed if they would have offered. With the changes now (at Wisconsin), it kind of changes things. I don't know what my role would be in the offense, so I am going to take in everything and make my decision when I feel comfortable."

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