Slowly but surely recruiting has started to pickup for Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin High School offensive lineman Elijah Lugo.
The 6-foot-3, 280 pound road grader spent the first seven weeks of his junior season in a cast, hindering his abilities, but was able to stay healthy for his entire senior season. Lugo was voted the SPSL’s Offensive Lineman of the Year, along with being named first team All-League and All-Area.
“When I had received the news that I have been chosen for MVP O-linemen of the year I was beyond excited,” Lugo told NEI. “I proved to myself that I was good enough to play at a high level when I stayed healthy. But of course that wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t have the coaches, trainers and family that I have supporting me.
“My O-Line coach as well deserves a lot of credit because, he was a big reason why I was able to play so well.”
Lugo currently holds a D1 offer from Navy, as well as NAIA offers from College of Idaho and University of Saint Mary (KS). He has been offered a preferred walk-on spot at the University of Washington, while Montana Tech, Central Washington are finalizing offers. Eastern Washington is also finalizing an offer and recently had an in-home visit with Lugo and his family.
“My in-home visit with Eastern Washington went great,” Lugo said. “Coach [Aaron] Best came out and talked with me about the school and said I would have an offer to Eastern Washington, but he doesn’t know yet if it was going to be a full or a partial scholarship.
“He said that he would have to talk with the head coach to find that out. But then said to try and plan for the weekend of January 15th for an official visit.”
Recently Lugo visited the College of Idaho, and has an official visit scheduled to the Naval Academy for the first weekend of January.
While he is one of the best run-blocking lineman in Washington, Lugo does posses the ability to pass-block at a high level. Lugo projects to the interior at either guard or center, and has the football smarts to pick up either position rather quickly.
Lugo sports a 3.0 GPA while taking AP and Honor courses throughout his high school career, and also scored a 1,500 on the SAT.
We will keep you updated on Lugo’s progress and have his final decision when it becomes available.