October 23, 2011

Elder taking his time



It's almost been two months since the top rated defensive back in Georgia said he would make his announcement regarding which school he'd be headed to next year, but now as the regular season draws to a close, Banneker's Chaz Elder still remains undecided and perhaps with an additional program in the mix.

Elder had his list narrowed down to Georgia, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt a few months ago, but now LSU has come back in the picture and Elder said he might be considering them for an official visit as well.

As for his set commitment date that has come and gone, Elder said when the day came, his conviction in his choice was only slightly better than a coin flip.

"Kind of like a 60 or 70 percent. I don't know what kind of happened, but my coach was kind of rushing me to get to it, to get it over so I could get on with the season. But I didn't want to rush it, so I just waited," Elder said. "I wanted to be 100 percent sure, but I wanted to focus on my team first before I focused on another team."

As a top tier prospect, the build-up to Elder's announcement was understandably chaotic, and the College Park native admitted it wasn't an ideal situation.

"I mean, I felt kinda bad because everyone was kinda waiting on it, but then I have to do what's best for me," Edler said. "(Recruiting) was kinda crazy, but it's died down a little bit."

Elder said he still hasn't scheduled when he will be taking his officials, but he has been in touch with all of the programs of interest, no single program necessarily having an advantage over another at this point.

"I talk to Georgia quite a bit, I just talked to Coach (Rodney) Garner just a few days ago. He said he still wants me, still wants me bad," Elder said. "It's really tight right now, really close."

Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos was in attendance as Banneker took on Tri-Cities Friday night. The Georgia coach watched as Elder made big plays for his Trojans, from running back two kick returns for touchdowns (though both were called back) to making a helmetless tackle without hesitation.

After having to game plan around the talented defensive back the entire contest, Tri-Cities coach Kenneth Miller said he was greatly impressed with Elder's play, shaking his head in acknowledgement as he asserted that "that number 15 is a grown man, a grown man."

Elder said no teams have discussed the possibility of using him on special teams, but said he'd be happy playing anywhere, so long as he was on the field. After seeing Georgia play South Carolina this season, Elder said he would enjoy how he would be used on the field for the Bulldogs.

"The way they have their safety coming down and covering. When they played South Carolina I watched (how the safeties were used), I liked how they came down to cover the receivers because I like to cover a lot," Elder said.

Banneker sits at 5-3 as they make a push for the playoffs with only two games remaining in the regular season. Elder said once the season is done, he will start to think about when and where he will be taking his official visits.



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