Sophomore - CB - 5'10 182 - Nashville, TN (The Ensworth School)
Elder saw action as a true freshman last year on special teams and at DB and produced 7 tackles and 164 yards on 7 kick returns before getting injured (meniscus tear).
Now back at full strength, he hopes to crack the CB rotation after originally starting out his college career as a RB (6,631 rushing yards as a prepster).
Has true 4.4 40 speed and is a rare athlete with exceptional start and stop abilities. 4 star prospect was also a basketball star at Ensworth, and could eventually walk on the UM hoops team.
Warning: The highlights below are flat out nasty.
Summary: Tracy Howard, Ladarius Gunter, and Artie Burns are clearly UM's top 3 at the CB position. But Elder is someone to watch closely. His athletic prowess is off the charts, so he could/should also factor in Miami's return game. There are subtle technicalities to the craft of playing CB that he has to hone, but from all I have read and heard about the young man, he is also very coach-able. I expect Elder to be THE sleeper of Miami's defensive backfield and by next season be ready to compete for a starter's spot. He reminds me a lot of former 'Cane Sam Shields as an athlete. Let's hope Elder does not have to go to the NFL first, before becoming a productive DB. It would not be unreasonable for him to nab 2-3 picks this season and take a kick off or two to the house as well. Don't be surpised if he eventually finds his way into Coach L's rotation too.
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