Recruit Spotlight: LB Detavius Eldridge, Tioga High School, Class of 2018
by Jace LeJeune
The Tioga Indians are not known as a team that consistently contends for state championships every season, but the 4A program proved that they were a team on the rise last season with Kevin Cook as head coach. In 2016, the Indians won ten games and had a playoff win before losing to Warren Easton in the next round in a very competitive game 26-23. The Indians did it with a high scoring offense and a tough nosed defense. Even though the team lost veteran senior QB Logan Dubois as well as most of the offensive starters from last season, the Indians have a chance to equal their record or even better their record this season because the team returns arguably the best defensive player in Alexandria in senior LB Detavius Eldridge. Eldridge is the backbone of a defense and when you see him play, it sure feels like he is all alone on the field because he is on every tackle. Last season, Eldridge led the Tioga defense with over 100 tackles, but what is most incredible is that 81 of those tackles were solo tackles. Not only is he an instinctive tackling machine, but he also proved to be a great pass rusher with six sacks last season. Eldridge even plays a big part on the offensive side of the football with five receiving touchdowns in 2016. Having Eldridge back on this team is huge as a lot of senior leadership is gone from last year’s team, and as the team’s best player, he has shown great leadership the last couple of years. To have a versatile, athletic, and instinctive linebacker is huge for any team because the linebackers are the quarterbacks of the defense, and he certainly fits that role. Louisiana Football Magazine’s recruiting expert Lee Brecheen believes that a DI school will pickup the star Tioga player in the end.
“A linebacker that I really like is Detavius Eldridge,” Brecheen said. “Eldridge is the heart and soul of this defense. He is mean, instinctive, and can run a true 4.6/40. If he does not get picked up by any major DI schools, then a Louisiana Tech, a ULM, or even a TCU could get a big time player if he falls to them.”
So far, Eldridge has a couple of schools that he has got his eye on in ULL, ULM, and Southern, but surprisingly with the talent that he has, Eldridge has not yet received any official offers from schools. When the schools do check out Eldridge, that is all going to change. In today’s recruit spotlight, we caught up with our All-North Louisiana LB selection as he talked about the breakthrough season for Tioga, his thoughts on the start of the season, being on the cover of the North Edition of the magazine, what he looks for in a college, and so much more!
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