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Newton’s Roney Elam Picks Up Offers From Baylor + Mississippi State

Newton’s Roney Elam. (Christopher R. Vinn,

[Updated: 2:32 p.m., Feb. 25)

Less than a week after being offered by LSU, Newton 2015 athlete Roney Elam has picked up his second and third Division I FBS offers.

Mississippi State offered the tall and rangy defensive back on Monday afternoon, before Baylor came calling Tuesday to give Elam his first Big 12 offer.

Elam (6-2, 175), who already held FCS offers from Lamar and McNeese State before hearing from LSU last week, is being recruited as a safety and cornerback after playing pulling double duty on the field last fall as the Eagles’ starting quarterback.

On defense, Elam made 23 tackles while pulling down five interceptions and forcing one fumble. In Newton’s run-heavy offensive attack, Elam passed for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns and ran for 437 and five scores in leading the Eagles to a 12-1 record and berth in the Class 2A Division I regional semifinals.

Elam is the third East Texan with a Mississippi State offer in the 2015 class, joining Gilmer athlete Kris Boyd and Troup quarterback Blake Lynch. There are six 2015 prospects in the region with offers from SEC schools — Elam, Boyd, Lynch, Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning, Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack and Sulphur Springs safety Larry Pryor.

Baylor has has seven offers out to 2015 East Texas recruits. Joining Elam are Boyd, Dunning, Longview RB JaMycal Hasty, Lynch, Mack and Pryor.

2015 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Kris Boyd, ATH, Gilmer, 6-0, 180 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Florida State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech (10)
  • Nate Brooks, DB, Whitehouse, 6-0, 150 — offers from Louisiana Tech, North Texas (2)
  • Key’Vantanie “KeKe” Coutee, ATH, Lufkin, 5-10, 160 — offers from Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech (3)
  • Justin Dunning, WR/S, Whitehouse, 6-4, 200 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt (10)
  • Brandon Durman, LB, Tyler Lee, 6-2, 210 – offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
  • Roney Elam, CB/S, Newton, 6-2, 175 — offers from Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State (3)
  • JaMycal Hasty, RB, Longview, 5-9, 181 — offers from Baylor, Houston, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (7)
  • Kevrin Justice, RB, Kilgore, 5-10, 175 — offer from Houston (1)
  • Jaylon Lane, CB, Nacogdoches, 6-2, 175 — offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
  • Blake Lynch, QB/ATH, Troup, 6-3, 193 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Clemson, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU (6)
  • Daylon Mack, DT, Gladewater, 6-1, 311 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, USC (20)
  • Terry Mark, WR, Lufkin, 6-1, 180 — offer from Houston (1)
  • Erik McCoy, OL, Lufkin, 6-4, 297 — offer from Houston (1)
  • Larry Pryor, S, Sulphur Springs, 6-1, 185 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech (10)
  • Matthew Weeks, OT, Tyler Lee, 6-5, 260 — offer from SMU (1)

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