Stepping Stones: Markeith Elder

A big part of the turnaround at West Mesquite in 2006 was DB Markeith Elder, the rangy 6'2 173 pound DB with sub 4.6 speed helped the Wranglers to an 8-3 record in 2006 and their first trip to the playoffs since 1996.

Elder who bench presses 205 pounds and boasts a squat max of 325 pounds and a 34 inch vertical leap was named second team all 10-4A in 2006 posting 60 tackles and 7 interceptions.

"I think my biggest strength is my ability to come up and play the run or play in pass coverage equally. This off-season I want to work on being more physical at the line of scrimmage when I try and jam up receivers in the slot," said the West Mesquite DB.

Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin are at the top of Elder's list right now, but the DB from West Mesquite says out of those four schools no one has stepped ahead of the pack.

Last summer Elder made a name for himself patrolling the secondary for the Wranglers 7 on 7 team that advanced to the Round of 16 at the state tournament. Look for Elder this summer in camps at TCU and Baylor along with trying to lead WMHS back to the 7 on 7 state tournament. Elder and company will be playing in the Granbury SQT on Saturday May 26.

Markeith lists academics, campus atmosphere and potential playing time as major factors in deciding where he lands. Elder says he plans on majoring in Business when gets to college.

Don't expect a final decision from Elder until after the 2007 season maybe close to Signing Day. Markeith knows after the breakout 2006 West Mesquite has the target on their backs in 2007, "We know we will be a target this year, but the atmosphere around the team has changed. We are working hard and we think we can be even better this year."

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