Winston Salem, North Carolina- There is a lot of excitement around Eastern Kentucky football heading into spring practice this offseason..
After making some strides last season, the Colonels return a vast majority of their roster from a year ago 50 players in total, and they also boast one of the best recruiting classes in the FCS. This program and staff have been laying the foundation for three seasons now. Host Brandon Blakney caught up with Head Coach Mark Elder to recap last year and rap about all the latest with the team.
For consecutive seasons EKU ranked in the top 15 nationally for recruitment classes. The results are a testament to the work of this staff as Coach Elder told it during a phone interview last week. Coach Elder expressed big excitement over two local standouts apart of that class as well. Coach Elder believes the Triad is an area rich with talent, this even dates back to his SEC days on the Tennessee staff.
State champion Kaleb Lundy a 6’2 200 ibs linebacker, Lundy has room to add a lot more muscle to a stocky frame. Coach Elder believes Lundy’s best football is ahead of him. Lundy is a hard worker and he’s coming in with a winning pedigree. Lundy is a reigning state champion with East Forsyth.
Nick Cheely of Eastern Guilford is expected to come in and boost this secondary, for the Wildcats this past season he played both sides of the ball. Cheely was described as “a long and athletic playmaker” by Coach Elder. Cheely hails from winning program as well, at Eastern Guilford he was a two- sport athlete.
Both guys offer up versatility with skill sets that fit multiple positions. Aside from that Coach Elder loves that they’re high character guys off the field as well.
Tune into all this and more in the interview above, Coach Elder brings the passion of Colonels football right into the triad!