Scouting Report: Elijah Ratliff
Having watched Elijah Ratliff since the summer prior to his junior year, we’ve watched as the Reynoldsburg, Ohio native grew into a Division One college prospect. Friday night, we caught the Marshall pledge in action.
PROSPECT: Elijah Ratliff
PLEDGE: Marshall University
POSITION HS: Defensive End/Tackle / PROJECTS: Defensive Tackle
HOMETOWN: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
HIGH SCHOOL: Reynoldsburg
HT: 6-3 / WT: 275 lbs.
Early in the summer of 2016, Elijah Ratliff was hitting the camp scene looking to open eyes and learn what he needed to do to take his game to the next level. At that time, Ratliff was standing around 6-foot-1, 225-pounds. However, he soon saw a growth spurt added with hard work in the weight room following his junior season help him open eyes as several college programs extended offers.
In June, Ratliff made a verbal pledge to Marshall Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday. The Ratliff family are not strangers to the Huntington, West Virginia program as Elijah’s cousin, Phil Ratliff, was a two-time All-American offensive lineman, team captain and member of the school’s athletics hall of fame.
On the field, Ratliff is a lot like his cousin as he plays with high intensity and a never die attitude. His quick first step has proven to cause problems for offensive linemen and on Friday night, we heard, “tackle by Ratliff” more than any other name in Reynoldsburg’s win over Lancaster.
With added girth and strength put on over the past year, Ratliff does a great job of holding his own in the trenches while still being able to move down the line to make a play. However, when he’s allowed to shoot a gap or lines up on the edge, he shows the quickness to beat offensive linemen and get in the backfield to make plays.
Ratliff could move to the offensive side of the ball if needed playing guard or center at the college level.
We’re excited to see what the future brings for Ratliff. While he’ll need to add more weight at the next level, he should have no problem in doing so or lose any of his athletic ability when he does.
Pros: Get-Off, Quick Feet, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Strength, Physicality
Cons: Needs to add more weight, Technique
Check out the clips below from this season.