Video: Elder, Ensworth state champs

Cornelius Elder

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Playing quality football as an individual is one thing. Knowing how to finish off opponents and turn those performances into victory is another.

A Class of 2013 prospect that will trot onto a DI campus in the not-too-distant future with a know-how of bringing home championships is Cornelius Elder.

Elder is a skilled athlete that plays six different positions for an Ensworth (Tenn.) High School team that just picked up its second straight Div. II Class AA state championship after downing Baylor 48-10 at Tucker Stadium on the campus of Tennessee Tech.

Before leaving with a high-ankle sprain, Elder carried the ball twice for 42 yards, including a 38-yard spring up the gut to the end zone that gave the Nashville-based school a lead it would not relinquish.

In barely over a quarter of action, Elder also tallied five tackles from his free safety position.

While the coaching staff at Tennessee is still thumbing through Elder's highlight reels to decide if he is worthy of a scholarship, both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt decided they'd seen enough already and have offered the skilled athlete.

To hear Elder speak on camera following the state title game to wrap up his junior season, click play below: Recommended Stories