By KOLBY PAXTON
New Mexico Highlands’ 2013 signing class got a little bit stronger on Wednesday, as Sequoyah standout Greyden Elrod officially inked a letter of intent to join the Cowboys on the gridiron next fall.
Elrod, a regional powerlifting champion, was a four-year varsity letterman for the Indians, twice All-District.
“I wouldn’t get on the bus until I knew Greydon was on it,” said Sequoyah head coach Shane Richardson. “That’s how important he was to us, especially from a defensive perspective. He is an outstanding player and an even better young man. He’s the kind of guy that doesn’t come along very often.”
Elrod was recruited as a fullback to NMHU, and figures to have an opportunity to play early. He touted his relationship with assistant coach Tony Pavlic has a primary factor in his commitment.
“Coach Pavlic has taken real good care of me,” said Elrod. “He really talked me into coming. The facilities there are real nice, and the football program is an outstanding program.”
The 6-foot-1, 248-pound Elrod will be missed by his former coach.
“He has a rare combination of speed, power quickness and explosiveness,” said Richardson. “A lot of guys have one of those.
Greydon has them all. He’s going to go on and be successful. I know it, because he wants it. He’s probably the strongest player I’ve ever seen, the most explosive player that I’ve ever had. I’m going to miss him.”
New Mexico Highlands, a NCAA Division II member institution, recorded an 8-3 overall mark in 2012. The Cowboys were 7-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.
Elrod is one of 31 signees in head coach Eric Young’s most recent coup.