August 11, 2010

Porter enjoys A&M visit, will wait on decision

Waggaman (Archbishop Shaw) Louisiana lineman Elliott Porter committed to LSU in the summer of 2009, choosing the Tigers over offers from 30 other schools across the country. Interestingly enough, even though Porter played on defense in high school, he was recruited by LSU as an offensive lineman and played the position in Offense-Defense All American game in early January.

However, despite reporting to the LSU campus and spending all summer there working out, Porter became a victim of LSU and head coach Les Miles signing 27 prospects in the 2010 class and having all of them qualify academically. Thus, Porter and one other prospect were offered an opportunity to greyshirt and begin their football careers at LSU in January 2011.

Last week, Porter decided to turn down the Tigers' offer and instead took visits to Kentucky, Oregon, and Texas A&M over the past few days. Rumors swirled around each of his first two visits prior to his landing in College Station yesterday morning for his final trip with A&M and head coach Mike Sherman. He toured the campus, visited with the A&M coaches, and attended last night's practice before flying back to Louisiana this morning.

"It was nice. I loved it" he said of his visit to A&M."Nothing in particular (stood out). Everything was nice."

A&M is recruiting Porter to play defensive end in its 3-4 alignment while the Wildcats and Ducks are recruiting him as a 4-3 defensive tackle. He had concerns about A&M's depth at defensive line going into the visit but defensive line coach Terrell Williams and the rest of the A&M staff were able to allay those fears once they spent some time with Porter.

"Yes I did (talk to them about it)," he said. "I have a better idea of it now."

Porter stated that A&M was holding a spot on its 105 man roster for him and begins work in pads on Friday morning. He was asked how long it would take him to make a decision but replied that he didn't know. He also said that none of the schools that have offered him have given him a deadline. Even so, Porter noted prior to the visit that he wanted to go back to Louisiana and take a few days prior to making a final decision.

Porter was ranked as the 14th best prospect in the state of Louisiana by in 2010 and a three star.

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