Elder Panthers' Recruiting Heating Up

Two of the best players in the state next season will help defend their state title. They're working hard this offseason and some of it is already paying off. Read on to hear the latest on Elder DL Eric Kenkel & QB/TE Craig Carey.

You always hear about St Ignatius, Big Moe, Massillon & Canton McKinley. Thanks to some hard work, great coaching, unbelievable fan support and a few other key ingredients, the Elder Panthers are starting to get mentioned with those above. Two of the biggest impact players on last years State Champion team were Defensive End Eric Kenkel & Tight End/QB Craig Carey.

If all goes according to plans, Carey (6'4 225) will be filling the big shoes left behind by Rob Florian (Dayton). Florian was a dynamic player that always seemed to find a way to win. Some would even say he was Krenzel-esque. Carey was a tight end on last years' team and was a huge part of the Panther offense. He's very athletic and should make the transition to QB smoothly. I had the opportunity to see him play a couple times last year and when he told me he was moving the QB I could just picture him in the pocket throwing rockets down the sidelines. I'm apparently not the only one who noticed Mr. Carey last year. According to Craig, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio U all called him last week. Coach Dinardo (Indiana) stopped in to talk to him at school. He's been getting a lot of attention from coaches lately and that will only increase as he camps around this summer.

Carey isn't the only big name guy at Elder. Fellow Panther Eric Kenkel is also seeing the temperature rise on his recruitment. After getting a lot of mail and phone calls, the Ball State Cardinals offered the 6'3 240 pound defensive lineman/athlete.

I'm supposed to be getting some film in on Elder and I will have a better chance to evaluate these guys, but what I saw last year on the field was more than enough to see these guys are for real. Stay tuned for updates on these two, as well as a few others (Rick Stoutberg for one). So keep checking back to OPS for the latest on these guys and the rest of the Buckeye State.

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