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Meet St. Patrick 6'2 OL Eli Valencia Class Of 2026 - Name To Watch

So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for Illinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know, but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. This is one of the many reasons why Deep Dish Football is respected in the IHSA. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell

Eli Valencia St. Patrick OL Class Of 2026 6'2 6'2 270

Eli Valencia how was your season? My season was a great experience. We got to play a lot of good teams which was a challenge that helped me grow mentally and physically. What does football mean to you? Football means everything to me. I have been playing since kindergarten and I have fallen in love with the sport from a young age. Football is more than just a physical sport, although that part is great it is also a game where you have to have a lot of skill and grit. I hope to play it for many years to come. What should college coaches know about you?

I think college coaches should know that I put team goals before personal gain. I also think they should know that I understand the game very well which gives me the ability to play at a high intensity.

What do you like about playing on the line? What I like about playing on the line is that it is one of the most physical position on the field, not only that but you also have to be mentally strong. I take a lot of pride in it because I am the one protecting my teammates. What do you feel is your strongest trait on the field? I think that my strongest trait on the field is my understanding of the game and what the defense is trying to do. What part of your game do you plan on working on in the offseason? I plan on working on the more physical part of the game, by hitting the weight room and getting bigger and faster. Also working on my technique. Who on St. Patick had a breakout season this fall? I wasn’t here to see their pervious seasons but I think that my QB Nick Dustin is the one who had the biggest improvement and breakout season. He never gave up on us even when he could have after his injury but he came back and still preformed at a high level.

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