By Keith McGonigle.
The one thing that may have been missing from the top 2011 recruiting class were defensive backs, out of the 27 new commits, Clemson only signed one true defensive back. This year the coaching staff has their eye on a number of top corners and safeties, one of them is Alabama safety Trae Elston who has seen the offers rolling in quickly.
“The whole recruiting process has been good, I have gotten over two dozen offers to this point. I would say that Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, LSU, and Florida St. are recruiting me the hardest right now,” said Elston.
The 6’0” 180 lbs. standout says he is keeping his options open, but is he leaning towards any school?
“Yeah, right now I am leaning towards Clemson. That’s my number one school, but I am trying to keep an open mind,” replied Elston.
“I like where it is located. It’s not in a big city, and it has a great stadium and atmosphere. Clemson is my home town, I used to go to all the games there, my mom and grandparents are Clemson fans. The only thing I don’t like is how buggy it can get there,” said Elston.
What is the Oxford High School athlete ultimately looking for in his school?
“The top things that I am looking for is to see how that program is building. Are they going to be winning ACC or SEC championships are or they going to be a bust? Academics are also really important to me; I would say that’s my top priority. I also want to be part of a program where the group of players that are there are like family,” said Elston.
Charlie Harbison has been hard at work recruiting the versatile athlete what has his message been to Trae?
“The coaching staff has said that I can play either receiver or corner/safety. I don’t care what position I play at, whatever one I can play first at,” replied Elston.
The speedster (runs a 4.4) who had 104 tackles, 3 interception, 28 catches for 500+ yards and 6 touchdowns, and 2 special teams touchdowns says he really tries to model his game after DeAndre McDaniels, Eric Berry and the late Sean Taylor.