September 7, 2011

Junior Lineman Elmer Receiving National Attention

Most high school students spend their weekends hanging out with friends and enjoying the high school experience. That was once the case for Midland (Mich.) Junior Steve Elmer, but for the rest of this fall, he has other plans.

His spare time will will shift focus to the gridiron, where the 6-6, 297-pound high school junior is a dominant offensive tackle prospect. That ability has garnered attention from some of the nation's most high profile football programs. Last Thursday was the first day that schools could send mail to juniors, and Elmer's mailbox was filled. Oregon, Nebraska, Florida State, and Alabama were among his suitors, but one school sent more than anyone else.

Wisconsin is one of six schools that have offered him, along with Notre Dame, Syracuse, Michigan State, Michigan, and Mississippi State. Though he grew up following mostly Notre Dame and Michigan State, he had a soft spot for the Wolverines. Michigan will be the first school he sees in person this fall.

Elmer isn't attending the game solely for the atmosphere, of course. He's interested in both the Wolverines and Irish, and is curious to see each team in action.

This weekend's visit won't be his last, as Elmer wants to see games (and even practices) of other schools close to home, including Michigan State and Notre Dame. That's all part of a process of narrowing down his suitors before making a decision.

He's not tiring of the recruiting process yet, but wouldn't mind getting his decision out of the way, either. He's in no rush to make a decision, and thinks it will simply come to him when the time is right.

Until the time comes, all his suitors will continue giving him their best shot.

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