Earned varsity letters at Westminster Catholic High School (2009-11) before transferring to Burlington Central High School during senior year ... Was ruled ineligible to play at his new school because of the transfer, thus did not play high school ball his senior year ... Instead played in the Perfect Game USA Iowa Spring League while assisting high school team ... In his first three seasons at Westminster Catholic, posted a 22-6 record with 373 strikeouts in 217.2 innings pitched ... Named 2011 2A Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All State First Team ... Went 7-2 with a 1.81 earned run average and 132 strikeouts as a junior ... As a sophomore, helped lead school to Class 1A state championship with a 12-4 record and 149 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched ... Named 2010 1A Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State First Team.
Graduated from Burlington Central High School in Burlington, Ill., in 2012 ... Born in McAllen, Texas, in 1993 ... Son of James and Cheryl Elder ... Has three older brothers, including Brian, Sean and Aaron ... Hobbies include playing piano and spending time with friends and family ... Is enrolled in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and has yet to declare a major.