Florida State Defensive Ends Coach D.J. Eliot met with the press today for the first (possibly only) time this year. This coverage comes courtesy of Andrew Carter's excellent Chopping Block Blog (Orlando Sentinel). He has full video. Here is the first clip. Head on over to see the rest.
I really like how he emphasized the importance of working together with Odell Haggins. Hopefully DC Mark Stoops will emphasize that as well. Too often it seemed like Florida State's ends and tackles did not work together in a complimentary fashion. AC has a bunch of thoughts here. This one was most interesting to me:
-Eliot's recruiting responsibility goes like this: He has central Florida, north and west of Orlando. He has southeast Georgia. And upwards to around parts of Atlanta. Nationally, he'll be responsible for Texas. In fact, he has a lot of experience recruiting Texas, which he said is an advantage for him. He knows the high school programs and coaches well out that way. And even when he was coaching at Tulsa earlier in his career, he heavily recruited Texas.
Eliot has produced all-conference players at every level and his resume is very impressive considering where he has coached. He is considered to be a sizable upgrade to former DE coach Jody Allen, who had no business coaching at Florida State and who had a downright contentious and contemptuous relationship with the players and other staff.