Black, who committed to play lacrosse for Ohio State in February, said he is excited about becoming a standout on the football team. He had 13 carries for a game-high 71 yards against the Scouts (2-0).
“Bigger” is indeed a suitable way to describe Black’s impact for the Lions (1-1). Blessed with next-level quickness and shifty feet to go with good field vision, Black has added 25 pounds to his frame since last season.
He didn’t play on varsity last season, partly because of his 155-pound frame. Now, Black said he’s 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds.
“I stayed on the sophomore (team) because I felt I was too small,” Black said.
“My dad had me on a big calorie diet,” Black said. “It was about 6,000 a day. I would eat a 1,200-calorie shake with steak and eggs in the morning. My dad would feed me like that all day. It was hard.
“About a month into (training), I started gaining five pounds every two weeks and it started going up from there. I’m so much different of a player. My game has opened up tremendously, and I kept my speed and have better conditioning.”
Black, also a wrestler, provided a first-half jolt to the Lions’ offense on Friday. His newfound physicality was evident on a 19-yard run in the second quarter, when Black was hit by a wave of defenders at the line of scrimmage but bounced outside to help set up a touchdown later in the drive.
“Elijah has a unique athleticism and ability to cut and get to top speed,” St. Viator coach Dave Archibald said. “(He is) very fast and has very good body control to find space on the field and get there.”