Junior College: Played for head coach Corey Mercer at North Lake College in Irving, Texas ... Went 4-3 and carried 2.69 ERA over 70.1 innings of work and struck out 64 ... Earned first team all-conference honors and helped team to back-to-back regional appearances.
High School: Coached by Brett Warnack at Billy Ryan High School in Denton, Texas.
Personal: Born Claud Thomas Elsom on November 15, 1990 ... Son of Claud and Janice Elsom.