Hometown: Somerset, WI | Height: 6050 | Weight: 275 | Forty: 4.82E | Year: 2018
Physical, versatile player with the ability to play up and down the defensive line—experience at every position. A stout run stuffer, he generates a strong push off the snap of the ball upon initial contact and demonstrates good balance. He possesses an effective spin move and shows some agility on his feet—he has a high school basketball background. In fact, he was initially recruited as a tight end at Minnesota, before switching to defensive tackle as a sophomore and ultimately winded up kicking outside to end. It’s fair to say that he has never had stability in one position and he is still learning on the job. He continues to work on finishing off his quarterback pressures and would like to increase the percentage of converting them into sacks. A graduate transfer from Minnesota, to ECU, he served in a leadership role at both schools mentoring underclassmen and was highly vocal in heading a team boycott against the leadership of his university over the handling of sexual assault cases against fellow Golden Gophers teammates. An extremely mature person, who has dealt with plenty of adversity in life. He grew up with parents who were recovering addicts—he ran away at age 14 and lived in over a dozen homes as a youth. He lists former Gophers head coach Jerry Kill (current Rutgers offensive coordinator) as one of his biggest role models. Known by coaches and teammates as a high character guy. A very religious person who enjoys going to church and likes to read during his free time; also a big movie buff. Born in Illinois, before moving to Wisconsin. Is likely best-suited playing inside or as a 3-4 defensive end. Could serve as a valuable backup role with his ability to play multiple positions at the next level and as his overall game continues to develops, he possesses the skill-set to evolve into a starter with time.
2017 (ECU): Played 11 games … accumulating 14 tackles .. one quarterback hurry .. one pass deflection.
Minnesota (Career): Played in 38 contests with nine starts to help Gophers to three-straight bowl appearances … A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who logged 39 tackles, 9.5 TFLs and 4.0 sacks collectively.
2016 (Jr): Played in all 13 games and started six as a junior … Recorded 16 tackles, four tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and recovered three fumbles … Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2015 (So): Played in 12 games and started two during sophomore campaign … Recorded 12 tackles, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss (1.5 sacks) and broke up a pair of pass attempts … An Academic All-Big Ten performer in the classroom.
2014 (Fr): Played in 13 games and made one start during freshman season … Recorded 11 tackles, including two for a loss (one sack), tallied one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
High School: Attended Somerset (Wis.) High School … Named one of 16 State Scholar Athlete award winners by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association … Helped the Spartans post an 11-2 record and make the state semifinals as a senior in 2013 … Led team in receptions (7) and receiving yards (129) and also caught one touchdown (team passed for 431 yards and seven touchdowns during his senior season) … Effective blocker in team’s run-heavy offense that rushed for 2,969 yards … Second on team with 72 tackles (43 solo) and led the state of Wisconsin with 28 tackles-for-loss … Recorded 11 sacks and forced seven fumbles, broke up seven passes and recovered one fumble … Named first-team all-state on defense as a DE/OLB … Ended career with 19 catches for 375 yards and six touchdowns … Was the only non-senior starter on Somerset’s 12-1 state championship team in 2012 … Football coach was (legal guardian) Bruce Larson … A 1,000-point scorer in basketball and also lettered in track … Listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout, Rivals and 247Sports … Rivals listed him as the fourth-best player in Wisconsin, while 247Sports had him as the sixth-best prospect and ESPN had him ninth … Rivals named him as the No. 22 tight end in the nation, while ESPN had him at No. 24 … Scout had him as the No. 26 tight end recruit in the country and 247Sports had him at No. 28.
Personal: Son of George Elmore … Guardians are Bruce and Kelly Larson … Has six siblings, three brothers and three sisters … Bruce Larson played football at UW-River Falls from 1983-86 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 … Recipient of the Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award at the 2016 National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics Convention Awards Luncheon (Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award honors student athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics) … Undergraduate major was communication studies.