April 5, 2012

Elvira gaining interest, likes the Frogs

Eighty receptions and one dropped pass. That's what Tempe, Arizona receiver Paul Elvira estimates he has recorded in his three years on Marcos De Niza's varsity team.

If one sounds like too few, Elvira left little doubt that his calculations were accurate.

"That drop still haunts me to this day," the six-foot, 178 pound junior said. "There's never a ball in the air I don't think is mine."

Targeted by TCU in January, Elvira and his coach, Roy Lopez, said the interest from the Horned Frogs has slowed down, but Elvira still has interest.

"I do love the school and I enjoy watching them play," Elvira said. "It's exciting when (Coach Lopez) tells me they're watching me."

Instead, schools further west than TCU Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, New Mexico and Stanford have contacted Elvira more recently. He has attended practice at Arizona and Arizona State.

"He wants to take his trips, he wants to enjoy the process," Lopez said. "He's not in any rush, but it's not going to be a circus. He'll know his school once he takes his trip."

Elvira is fast (he ran a 4.6 forty as a junior), but he and Lopez both know that his ticket to the college level will be those hands and his smarts.

"He's a playmaker. He's extremely explosive, has great hands, he's intelligent, very mature," Lopez said. "He's one of those kids that is going to really shine at the next level."

"I thank God that I've been blessed to be a gifted athlete, but I try to stay modest and be humble," Elvira, a 2012 team captain, said. "This year was good, I had a breakout year with 50 receptions."

If the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson is "Megatron," then Elvira's friends say he is Optimus, as in Optimus Prime from Transformers. He's not really Johnson, but his hands and ability to go get the ball is impressive.

Elvira said each season his goal is to catch more passes than the year before, and in 2012 he wants to catch 60 to 70 balls. And while doing so he hopes to land a few offers. He won't rush his decision, saying he'll likely wait until after his senior season ends.

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