Noah Elliss has at long last trimmed his lengthy recruiting list and appears focused on five programs with less than three months remaining until National Signing Day.
The four-star defensive tackle from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian told Scout.com he is most interested in Alabama, Colorado, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Ole Miss, with official visits soon to follow. The Cornhuskers, in fact, are in line to draw the first look this coming weekend.
"One of the defensive line coaches, (John) Parrella, I've known him for a while and he's a family friend," Elliss said. "I've been close with him and know what he can do for me on the field.
"On the visit I hope to see what I could do to start or be a black shirt if I were to go there."
The No. 1-rated defensive tackle in the state of Colorado for the 2017 class said he intends to officially visit the nearby Buffaloes the weekend of Nov. 25 for the big matchup against Utah, where his father, Luther, was a consensus All-American in 1994.
"I've known some of the coaches for a while and I know what they teach," Elliss said. "In colleges, I'm really looking for a place with great academic support and I've heard they have quite a bit of help on that side of things at Colorado. The program has been doing well, too."
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Elliss said his visit to Alabama would likely take place in January leading up to signing day.
"They've talked to me about playing time," Elliss said. "Coach (Nick) Saban told me they are graduating five senior defensive linemen and I could possibly have a role freshman year before starting later on, so that's obviously big."
Elliss has not locked in trips to either of the Mississippi schools, but said he would look into doing that before the season ends. And while he focuses on those five, two major components stick out in his mind.
"It's definitely the relationships with coaches and academic support," he said. "Those are the two main things for me.
"I've definitely gotten a lot better this season and developed a lot from last year. I've learned some new techniques and gotten stronger as a defensive lineman. I'm just looking to continue building on that (at the next level)."
Elliss and Valor Christian, the defending state champion, kick off their title defense in the playoffs later this week.