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Nation's No. 14 2018 RB Jamal Elliott down to Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech

Durham (N.C.) Hillside running back Jamal Elliott has narrowed his list to three schools and gave Scout the latest.

Four-star running back Jamal Elliott is down to three schools.

After receiving over 20 scholarship offers, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Elliott announced on Thursday that he had trimmed his list to OregonTennessee and Virginia Tech. According to Elliott, all three schools are even.

"The recruiting process is a hard thing and you have to make a lot of decisions," Elliott said. "It came down to where I feel like I fit in best."


The Hillside standout gave a thought on each school.

Oregon: "Growing up, that was always my dream school," Elliott said. "I watched them a lot and liked a lot of their players through the years. I like the fast-paced offense and I feel like that fits my style of play.

"I'm developing a relationship with (running backs) coach (Donte) Pimpleton. He said they like my versatility. I can play slot or running back and that's what they're looking for in their offense."

Tennessee: "(Running backs) coach (Robert) Gillespie is a real good coach and I really like him. He told me they'd use me like Alvin Kamara, so that stands out. And I like coach (Butch) Jones and he's turning the program around.

"I also like the program overall and offense. The atmosphere there is great, too, and they were my first SEC offer. They've been there for a while and I'm very familiar with them."

Virginia Tech: "They had been down for a while, but it's a great program, and they had a great season last year. I feel like coach (Justin) Fuente and his staff have the program going in the right direction and they're on the rise.

"I talk to (running backs) coach (Zohn) Burden the most and he's cool. We always stay in touch and have a close relationship. He said they really need a running back and I'd fit in perfectly. I can tell they really want me."

Elliott will visit Virginia Tech on April 8, Tennessee on April 22 and Oregon on April 29.

He does not have a timeline for his decision.

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