RECRUITING: OL Elliot to visit UF this summer's number eight offensive lineman for the class of 2007 is one of those guys that just plays with a mean streak on the field. John Elliott of East Meadow (NY) stands tall and strong as one of the nation's finest at the position. You better bring your lunch pail with you if you have to line up against him, because it's going to be a long day.

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At 6-5 and 290 pounds, Elliott has the wingspan to keep anyone off the quarterback. With his motor, his strength, and his leverage, he can move mountains of defenders that may impede the path of a would be ball carrier. College coaches have taken notice and with over 20 big time offers, Elliott shares what those coaches like about the way he plays.

"The coaches that talk to me say I am relentless and a great drive blocker," Elliott said. "They say I look like a tough player on the field. I think I am strong all around, I don't really have a weak point physically and have been playing football since seventh grade."

The recruiting part has taken somewhat of a backburner for Elliott who is concentrating on getting better and helping his team move farther in the playoffs. East Meadow had a successful season in 2005, but Elliott thinks this could be the year.

"Summer is going well and I am just working out hard and getting ready for the season," he said. "We lift three days a week now, then we have two days a week that concentrate on speed and conditioning, so we will be ready. We finished 6-3 and lost in the second round of the playoffs. We have a good team and almost all the starters returning. I think we are a great group.

Elliott is the anchor of a good offensive line and is drawing attention from all over the country. His list of favorite schools is still a little lengthy as nine have made the cut so far. Depending on the school, Elliott could play inside or outside on the offensive line.

"Some schools are recruiting me as a tackle and some as a guard," he said. "I have a list of Florida, Florida State, Boston College, North Carolina, Rutgers, Michigan, Maryland, and West Virginia."

The Florida Gators are looking to sign four or five linemen this year. A big time player like Elliott would truly fit into their plans along the offensive front. Elliot knows a little about Florida and wants to know more.

"I have heard they are a good school and always have a great football program," Elliott said. "I know last year they had an amazing signing class. I don't know that much about them, but I plan on getting down there and seeing them sometime this summer."

Steve Addazio is recruiting Elliott to Florida and the offensive line coach will certainly be interested in knowing just what Elliott is looking for in a school.

"I want to go to a school where I can get a great education and where they play good football," he said. "I also want a place where I fit in with the coaches and players too. I'd rather stay close to home, but I won't rule out any schools that are farther like Florida or Florida State."

John Elliott is a special player that plays the offensive line like a defensive lineman. He is a perfect fit for the zone blocking scheme of the Gators which requires linemen to really get after defenders instead of being a little passive. We look forward to keeping up with Elliott throughout the recruiting process.

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