Three-Sport Athlete Takes Time for Arkansas

Three-sport athlete Ezekiel Elliott has received about 20 offers to play college football, but after a visit to Fayetteville, he said Arkansas' facilities may be the best he has seen so far.

Four-star running back Ezekiel Elliott does not have much downtime.

To go along with all of his interviews from reporters, taking visits to campuses all over the nation and the rest of the recruiting process, Elliott plays three total sports and has maintained a grade point average close to 3.0.

"It gets kind of stressful every now and then, but it has been fun," Elliott said.

"In ways, I'm used to it because I have been playing three sports since I was seven or eight years old. I started out playing baseball and in seventh grade I moved over to track."

Throughout high school, the St. Louis native has dominated the state of Missouri in three sports, too.

Elliott received All-State honors in football after rushing for 1,802 yards and scoring 42 touchdowns last season. He also earned second-team Metro League honors as a point guard on the hardwood and won the 3A state championship in the 110-meter hurdles and was runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles.

Once track season begins, Elliott said he hopes to focus on track and put the recruiting process on hold until the summer.

"I'm looking to run track in college also," Elliott said. "I have been in contact with the coaches and they have said it would be okay for me to both run track and play football."

Before jumping into the upcoming track and field season, Elliott did make a visit to Arkansas on March 3 and said he was impressed and plans to make an official visit and maybe an additional unofficial visit after the season.

"There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about Arkansas," Elliott said. "They do a good job of covering everything from academics to athletics."

Despite the fact that the former practice fields have been destroyed as the construction team works on the 80,000 square foot football operations center, Elliott said the facilities were extraordinary. "The highlight for me was the facilities," Elliott said. "They were some of the best, if not the very best, that I've visited. The weight room and the stadium were just beautiful."

The football operations center is scheduled to be completed in 2013, which would be Elliott's first year of collegiate eligibility.


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