A Favorite for Elmore

One of the top in-state uncommitted players, Somerset (WI) tight end Gaelin Elmore has new offers, new interest, a favorite team and a plan to make his commitment.

The secret is starting to get out of Somerset (WI) tight end Gaelin Elmore.

Although playing in a small city of less than 50 square miles and in an offense where he had approximately 210 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Elmore - 6-5, 235-pound three-star prospect – has played in his way into seven scholarship offers and has been a popular visit during the spring evaluation period.

Getting plenty of visits and a couple new scholarship offers during the period, Elmore is also attracting some big names out of state, including getting a visit from Oregon tight end coach Tom Osborne.

"They've been in contact a lot since probably the beginning of February," Elmore told Badger Nation. "They're interested. Them coming down was another step in the recruiting process for them. It's been a long process with them so far."

In addition to talking with Elmore's coach, Osborne watched Elmore go through a workout. Depending on the day, Elmore would lift weights and go in the gym to do agility work or do plyo boxes, agility and run routes with his quarterback.

Through his recruiting process, Elmore said one of the biggest things he has proven is that he can catch the football.

"They said that I showed I am able to block and do the things that they want," said Elmore. "After a workout, they realized I can be a threat in the passing game, too. That was the biggest question for them because we don't throw the ball a lot. They also said my grades made me stand out compared to a lot of people."

In addition to Oregon, Elmore said Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin have all come to watch him workout. All the schools have offered, and Elmore was also visited by Ohio State. The only new offers he has received this spring are from Indiana and Michigan State.

"I expect it to be a long process and for people to do their homework," said Elmore. "I could see other schools maybe offering me."

Although his offer list has slowly grown over the spring evaluation period, Elmore's top choice seems to fluctuate between Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Having named all three schools his leader at one point or another, Elmore now says his in-state school is his favorite.

"I just like the overall national aspect of their program," Elmore said. "I like the way people view them. They can get some big nonconference games. I can't see Minnesota or Nebraska playing Alabama or another school like that in the nonconference anytime soon."

Not only does the national appeal favor Wisconsin, but the fact that four of Elmore's friends are already committed to the Badgers' 2014 recruiting class is a plus.

"I have good relationships with those players committed to Wisconsin," Elmore said of Craig Evans, Jaden Gault, George Panos and Conor Sheehy. "Those are all good friends of mine and it would be hard going to a different school and having to play against those guys, all of them. The choice of having them on my team is a lot more encouraging than having to play against them."

Even with Wisconsin out in front, Elmore still has built positive relationships with the Gophers and Cornhuskers coaching staff, which is making his final decision process more difficult.

"It's hard because all those schools are similar in a lot of ways and I feel really positive after leaving each school," said Elmore. "When I got to Minnesota, I feel like it's a really amicable situation where I can talk to the coaching staff and everything is fine. Nebraska is the furthest away and I know the least about them, but they are more of a safe pick with their coaching staff and their facilities. It's going to be a lot harder to rank them. Right now it's a pretty tough go."

While he is planning on taking all of his official visits, Elmore says he wants to have an idea what school he wants to commit to by the end of summer and use his visits to set his mind his stone.

"The visits are going to hopefully reassure me that I made the right choice," he said.

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