2016 athlete talks ECU, factors

2016 athlete Jalen Elliot has received offers from an array of schools. Inside ECU Sports caught up with him about the Pirates and the recruiting process.

Jalen Elliot is continuing to receive offers from big name schools. The 6-foot-1, 175 pound all-around athlete who plays quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for Lloyd C. Bird High School in Virginia considers himself very fortunate to have these opportunities.

“It’s just been a blessing, last year I didn’t really know how I was going to go to college cause I didn’t have an offer… Now it’s pretty much taken care of I just have to keep making the right decisions for me and my family.”

Elliot currently has 11 offers from schools such as Auburn, Miami, Virginia Tech and has a most recent offer from East Carolina. Although Elliot has a lot to choose from he expressed an interest in ECU.

“They’re kind of a powerhouse, I think they could play in a bigger conference, they’re a really good team and their coaching staff is headed in the right direction,” Elliot said.

Elliot has yet to visit Greenville and ECU, but he has seen them play in person last season.

“I got to see them play at Virginia Tech last year, I had an offer from (Virginia) Tech already but just to see them play, to see their high-powered offense and defense was nice,” Elliot said.

Elliot likes to play on both sides of the ball. Last season he played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for a state championship winning team.

“I like defensive back and wide receiver, but I don’t have one position that I’m in love with, so I just go from there and just do whatever the coaches tell me to do,” he said.

Proving that Elliot likes to work hard and be the best student of the game, he has been able to quickly learn different positions and different systems. Elliot believes he will be a good fit for any school with all of the different qualities he can bring to a team.

“Definitely leadership qualities, the competiveness that I have, I don’t think a lot of people have. I just want to compete everyday on the field and off the field” Elliot said.

Being a leader on and off the field has helped Elliot become the player he is. He noted his intangibles as one of his best strengths.

“I’m definitely a vocal leader, but I also lead by example, just going out and working, talking with people when they don’t really understand what they are doing and just encouraging them to keep going,” the athlete said.

As with any student-athlete making a decision on where to spend their college career, there are a lot of different factors that go into making the choice of where to play college football for Elliot. His relationship with coaches and comfort level are in the forefront of his mind.

“Education is a big part of it for me and my family, the coach-to-player relationship is key, the atmosphere that is there at the school and also the competition” Elliot said.

While Elliot has high hopes for his college football career he still has one season left in high school and he would like to use this time to improve his skills.

“Just watching film to get better, making every rep matter and continue to lead to help improve my team,” Elliot said. “It means a lot just showing that my hard work has paid off, but all of this can be taken in a day so I want to continue to work hard and keep getting better each and every day.”

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