2011 LB/S prospect Pat McElveen has made believers out of folks who've doubted him his entire career. During his senior season the Greenville High School standout has put the numbers up and earned the respect of the Shrine Bowl coaches to be selected for this year's team. We caught up with the talented Red Raider prospect for an update on the very latest and his thoughts about making the Shrine Bowl squad.
McElveen's first thoughts after finding out he'd made the Shrine Bowl team?
"It was shocking at first but also a great feeling to know I would be playing with the best in the state. I've always had a goal of and thought about playing in it because that's what all the great players out of South Carolina play in."
It's an opportunity that McElveen is looking forward to in order to help enhance his recruitment.
"I really feel like this could be big for me and it will show how I compete with the best out of both South Carolina and North Carolina."
It's been a huge senior season for McElveen as he's posted over 140 tackles and made 3 interceptions from his linebacker position. His best game of the year was proof of his all around ballhawking abilities for the Red Raiders.
"My best game was against Greer I had 15 plus tackles and a Interception and a sack
McElveen says there are number of schools who have him on their radar like Western Carolina, Tennessee State, Gardner Webb, Charleston Southern, Georgia Tech, and Michigan. A few of those schools have been stepping up their interest as of late and he's already visted a pair of programs from that list. A majority of the schools in the mix envision him at another position on the next level.
"Western Carolina, Gardner Webb, Charleston Southern, and Tennessee State are recruiting me the hardest right now I'd say. I've already visited Western Carolina and Tennessee State. I liked both of their campuses too. Most schools are recruiting me as a safety because I've got the speed and good hip movement."
McElveen says he's looking for a college where he can get a good education, that offers his major, and has a good football program.
Being in the Shrine Bowl there's plenty of talent at every position and we asked McElveen if there was anybody in particular that he looked forward to lining up against and competing with.
"There's so many great athletes on my team so I would say all of my linebacker corps and our secondary with Pat Martin. We grew up with each other and have been playing with each other forever, so it will be fun competing with him once again."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com and the Scout.com team for more updates with Pat McElveen and other SC Shrine Bowl team members.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...PAT MCELVEEN
Bench press max: 285 pounds
Squat max: 405 pounds
Power clean max: 255 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.51 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.12 seconds
Vertical: 33 1/3 inches
FUN FACTS...PAT MCELVEEN
One thing people would be surprised to know about me....My age, because I'm very young. That I just turned 17.
Player his style most resembles: Anthony Simmons because he wasn't the biggest guy but he would hit you. He was very athletic and played with a lot of speed.