By Keith McGonigle.
Defensive backs is one of the top priorities for Clemson’s class of 2012. Trae Elston is one of the players at the top of the board for the Tigers.
What has the Clemson coaches’ message been in their limited contact?
“They really want me to take a trip up there. They say I am the number one defensive back on their recruiting board,” said Elston. “They only signed two defensive backs last year so they really are looking to add guys this year.”
Clemson was a favorite for Elston before, is that still the case?
“Clemson is definitely still up there, but all the schools are getting closer to even now. I’m open to everyone out there,” said Elston.
One of the reasons Elston is so coveted is because of his versatility,
“I play both corner and safety on defense. If we play man, I move to corner. If we are doing zone defense I play safety,” said Elston. “Clemson is looking at me for both positions. I like playing safety more, I don’t like going up and playing corner.”
How would the 6’0” 180 lbs. defensive back describe his strengths as a player?
“My biggest strengths are my open field tackling, closing speed and ability to recognize the play,” said Elston.
The highly rated defensive back said this off-season he will be working on his offensive skills as a receiver. He is modeling his game after Steve Smith, and he wants people to look at him as an athlete.
Elston says he plans on taking visits over the summer, what is it he will be looking for in the trips?
“I am looking for a family feel, not a business atmosphere,” said Elston. “I want a team this willing to win.”