Elder will sign with Arizona

He didn't receive a lot of press clippings, but a big reason the CSM Bulldogs played in the California State Championship game last weekend was because of the leadership and play-making abilities of S Eddie Elder (5-11, 190). The talented DB is so versatile that he was coveted by several D-1 programs, but in the end his visit to Arizona this past weekend sewed it up for the Wildcats...

"I committed to Arizona," Elder told JCFootball.com. "I went on my visit there after the State game on Saturday.

"It was tough to have a great time since we lost (to Mt. San Antonio), but they really showed me a great time and I felt real comfortable there.

"I told them I wanted to come home and think about things, but after talking to my coaches and my family, this was the best things for me."

One comfort level for Elder was the weather, something he's used to being from the Sacramento area.

"To me, the weather is the same," Elder said. "I can handle the heat. Sacramento is hot, so I felt like that was perfect for me, but more than anything it was the staff and the players. I really bonded with them and felt like it was the perfect place for me."

Elder committed to the Wildcats over offers from Utah, New Mexico, Arizona State and Tulsa and he was getting interest from schools like Oregon, California, Iowa State and Missouri as well.

The talented DB is versatile enough to play corner or safety, but he said the Wildcats' coaching staff wants to try him out first at safety.

"They talked to me a lot about what they see me doing," Elder said. "They want me to start out at free safety, but in some packages they said they could see me dropping down and playing some nickel (corner) or just playing corner in general so they see me doing a lot of everything."

This season Elder was outstanding from his free safety position, posting 70 tackles, seven interceptions and four forced fumbles and posting 49 tackles, seven interceptions and two sacks as a freshman in 2008.

Elder will sign his letter-of-intent on Wednesday (December 16th) and he'll have three years to play two once he enrolls at Arizona in January.

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