Eastern View lineman Elijah Hoskin (Photo: Jermaine Hoskin)
Elijah Hoskin has his first offers
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Eastern View High School’s Elijah Hoskin (2021 OL 6-3 250) has picked up his first offers from Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Missouri. The Wildcats compete in the Heart of America Conference in the NAIA. He also picked up an offer from Hampton-Sydney College which is located in Southern Virginia. Elijah is a rising senior offensive linemen and defensive lineman, rotating between both positions. When asked about how it felt to have received his first scholarship offer, Elijah said, “It feels great to receive my first offer, and it will keep motivating me to get even more offers in the future.”
He started playing football the first second he was allowed to when he was younger, beginning to fuel his passion for the sport he loves, and, in his own words, “dreams about it every night”. He considers himself to be a “lunch pail player”, meaning he always comes in and works hard for what he wants, no matter the circumstances, or the opponent. He tries his best to do whatever he can in order to help his team to victory, which for a lineman, goes without much praise or notice. He considers the hard work he has put in and says, “It shows that hard work pays off. There’s no secret to getting what you want. All it takes is hard work and dedication.” While that might seem cliche to some people, it is a fundamental principle that Elijah lives by and uses to fuel his burning passion for the game of football.
Outside of being a hard worker, Elijah thinks his main strengths lie in his ability to get off the ball quickly and anticipate what will happen next. He uses his knowledge as an offensive lineman to his advantage as a defensive lineman, and vice versa. As far as his weaknesses, he was very blunt in stating that he doesn’t have any because of the fact that he works hard to fix any that may exist. For his role models, Elijah decides to look up to Rashad Jennings, former New York Giants running back, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He chose them from nearly polar opposite places, but for the same reason which is “if you want something, go out and get it”.
Upon receiving the offer, Elijah made a promise to himself to not let the recognition change him, rather allowing it to continue to fuel his fire that has gotten him to this point. “This offer doesn’t change anything about me. I’m going to continue working out hard, and consistently improve every single day. I’m never going to be satisfied with where I’m at,” he explains. He also reiterates the fact that he wouldn’t be where he is now without the help and support of his parents. “They have sacrificed so much for me to have the opportunities I have now and I could never thank them enough,” he says thankfully.
Elijah Hoskin may only have two offers from small schools, but that means very little to him. He thinks that all the schools that have passed him up due to his size (6’3, 265 lbs) will be sorry that they underestimated him, saying, “I might not be the biggest guy on the field like all of these big schools are looking for but I can guarantee you one thing. None of those guys have the same drive and motivation like I do. To keep it short, if a coach passes up on me because of my size then they will be missing out on one heck of a player because I will out work anyone.” That quote by itself summarizes Elijah Hoskin just about as much as it could: a hard worker who will do anything and everything to win.
– Marc Goldstein