Niceville, Fla.--Already one of the top wide receivers in the country for the 2016 class, Elijah Stove
showed why last weekend with a solid showing at Auburn
's team camp. Playing wide receiver for his Niceville team, the speedy Stove was one of the stars of the day until a minor injury put him on the sidelines.
"It was pretty good," Stove said. "Even though I got banged up a little bit I think I did pretty good honestly. This is very important for our team mentally and physically to get better. It also helps our chemistry get better."
Already very familiar with Auburn and the coaching staff, Stove said that he likes Coach Gus Malzahn and the program he's building with the Tigers. Getting another chance to see the facilities and talk with the staff while on the Plains, he said so far so good.
"I like everything about Auburn," Stove said. "It impresses me a lot. I like the atmosphere and the vibe I get there. Coach Malzahn is a very good coach."
Stove goes up high for a catch with Scott Fountain looking on
Already with offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee and several others in addition to Auburn, Stove said he's still wide open as far as his recruiting goes but when he makes his decision it's going to be about more than just football. Planning to major in some form of architecture, he said his comfort level with the academic side of things is going to be very important as well.
"I'm just open-minded," Stove said. "I just look at every school. I'm looking for something that fits me and has my major so I can achieve more than just football when I graduate."
Getting ready for his junior season and hoping to continue to improve as a player, Stove said while his football skills are important he's learning that he has more to give to his team.
"I think it's stepping up more as a leader this year since I was a young guy last year on the team" Stove said. "It's a little tough for me at times but the coaches have been encouraging me."
Niceville (Fla.) standout 2016 receiver Elijah Stove discusses his camp experience at Auburn.