Monacan (Hudl photo)
Elijah McLeod picks up offers from Navy and St. Francis
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Monacan’s Elijah McLeod (2021 DB/WR 5-10 165) didn’t spend much time on the sidelines during his junior season. Offensively, he accounted for over 300 yards and found the end zone three times. On special teams, he returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns. His biggest contribution to the Chiefs 8-3 record in 2019 came on defense. McLeod starred at defensive back, recording 36 solo tackles, six pass break-ups, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
Though he did not earn any Region 4B honors, his skills and athleticism did not go unnoticed. At the end of April, the Naval Academy became the first Division I program to offer McLeod. “It felt really good to get my first offer. It caught me off guard a bit. It was probably one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever felt,” explained McLeod.
He continued, “Coach Robert Green is my recruiting coach at Navy. He said that I have the talent to play both sides of the football. He is also the defensive backs coach so I think he may be leaning more towards me playing cornerback. I ‘am fine playing wherever I’m needed.”
McLeod picked up his second offer a few days later from Defensive Coordinator Bishop Neal at St. Francis University and has been in talks with Wake Forest and ECU. As his offers and recruiting stock begin to rise, Elijah has remained focused on becoming the best version of himself heading into his senior year.
“I’ve been focusing a lot on getting bigger, stronger, and faster. I’ve also been working a lot on my footwork and patience as a cornerback. I was beat two times last year on deep routes simply because my eyes were on the quarterback rather than the receiver. I’m not going to make those same mistakes again this season.”
– Byron Jones