Profile: John Elliott

The Maryland football program has done a fantastic job of scouting and recruiting talent in the New York-New Jersey area this season, thanks to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo, a Harrison (NY) native possessed with a personality that relates well to players from that region.

That much has become clear as one recruit after another has complimented Sollazzo's recruiting style, and that was the case once again today when Terp Sports Report touched base with coveted East Meadow (NY) offensive tackle John Elliott.

"He's a character," Elliott said of Sollazzo. "He's a pretty fun guy to be around. He's very animated."

Elliott has been in frequent contact with the Terps staff, but has not planned official visits to any of the seven schools remaining on his list of possibilities: Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia and West Virginia.

A four-star, two-way lineman rated as the No. 8 offensive tackle in the nation, Elliott is one of a handful of highly sought players on which the Maryland staff appears to have focused in an effort to top off its recruiting class, which stands at 16 verbals.

"He's outstanding," said Hempstead High coach Antoine Moore, aginst whose team East Meadow opens the season Sept. 16. "He's tough to block on defense and he really gets after you in the running game. You've really got to scheme around him."

Elliott, likewise, has plenty of good things to say about Maryland.

"I like that they look pretty promising in the future, it's close to home and it's a good school," he said. "They [also] mentioned there would be a chance to play [early]."

Elliott has admitted to being somewhat overwhelmed by the magnitude if the recruiting process at times and, thus, is taking his time. He cut his list to seven just two weeks ago, but says he has no particular order amongst them, and now is focused on his high school team.

"He's really playing it close to the vest," East Meadow coach Vin Masscia said. "I guess when it hits him, he's going to react. But right now he's in no rush."

He's unlikely to make a decision until after the season, and is hoping to sit down with Masscia soon to plan a few visits. He's been to Maryland twice already and is likely to take visits on the weekends of the 23rd and 30th, because East Meadow plays Thursday and Friday night games those weeks.

One of the visits could likely be to College Park, his coach said.

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