Highly touted offensive lineman who brings significant upside and can add needed depth in the offensive trenches.
High School: Helped the Nevada (Mo.) High Tigers to an 8-3 playoff run as a senior as a starting offensive and defensive tackle ... Helped coach Wes Beachler's squad to the second round of the playoffs in 2012 after earning consensus all-state honors and all-district, All-Ozarks and All-SWMFBCA distinction on the offensive line ... Was also all-region on the defenisve line as a senior ... Was second-team all-state on the offensive line as a junior for a 6-4 squad as well as All-SWMFBCA first-team honors on the o-line and second team on the d-line ... Earned honorable mention all-region honors on both sides as a sophomore starter ... Was also a standout baseball player and wrestler at Nevada.
Personal: Sam William Ellifrits was born 9/27/94 in Nevada, Mo. ... Son of Randy and Tracy Ellifrits of Nevada ... Has a sister Joy and two brothers, Jeremiah and Andy ... Older brother, Andy, earned his Master's at MSU ... Plans to major in Physical Education.