Jeff Elam, Batavia High School senior, was recently selected as the Greater Cincinnati Division IV Offensive Lineman of the Year by the prestigious Anthony Munoz Foundation.
Elam, who played both offensive guard and defensive end for the Bulldogs, is also the Southern Buckeye Conference’s candidate to receive another prestigious honor, the “That’s My Boy” award.
The lineman of the year is chosen from among young men who show a good level of academic success and community involvement.
Clermont County gridiron stars have done well since the award was first presented in 1962. Past winners include Todd Smith of Goshen (1985), Justin Clark of Williamsburg (1991), Trevor Speeg of Williamsburg (1994), and Danny Jones of Goshen (1997).
The Batavia standout began his gridiron career as a six-year old playing for the Clermont Northeastern youth organization. His entire high school career has been at Batavia where he is a three-year letterman in football and a four-year letterman in wrestling. He is a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division all-star in both sports and a state qualifier on the mat.
In addition to sports, his prowess in the classroom has earned him membership in the National Honor Society.
Elam has yet to decide upon which college he will attend, but he is certain he will major in mathematics.
The 6-foot, 2-inch, 215-pound, lineman recalls two games of his senior season as standout individual and team efforts.
"We never quit against Blanchester and we won the game in the last minute. We played hard the entire game to win. Against Northeastern it was fun beating the team I used to play for. We won by one point and earlier in the game I blocked an extra point kick."
Elam's parents, Jeff and Marceda Elam, are in the forefront of a grateful son's gratitude.
"They always supported me and pushed me to be the person I am."
Upon notice of his recent nominations and awards, Elam said, "I am very happy and very honored with both. I'm pretty happy, excited."
For his senior campaign, Elam made 72 tackles, seven sacks, blocked two kicks, caused two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.
Ron Ogden is the head football coach at Batavia High. He said of his charge, "As a long snapper he is as good as anybody. He could really help a Division I college. He was our most productive offensive lineman. We ran behind hm and our other good senior offensive liineman, John Foster, 90-percent of the time.
"They were our two seniors. We're really going to miss them. . .
"Jeff is a great kid. We'll miss his leadership."