Elliot, with his commitment to Mississippi State, proves persistence sometimes pays off.
"I had talked to them while in high school but nothing came of it after my senior year," he said. "I continued talking to them my freshman year at Tallahassee Community College and it ended up where I could leave after my freshman year (and go to Mississippi State)."
A recent visit to Mississippi State and Starkville sealed the deal for him.
"I went on a visit about three weeks ago," said Elliot. "I see Starkville as a great family-oriented town and I feel like I would fit in really well. I'm from a big city, Atlanta, but it seems to me that it would be great to live in a town where everybody knows you. And I like Mississippi State because everybody loves Mississippi State baseball. The town is focused around baseball and not football. That really attracted me to them. A lot of SEC schools mainly focus on football."
Once the opportunity presented itself, he was ready to make the commitment.
"I was given the opportunity to either come this year or next and I told them I wanted to come this year," said Elliot. "I saw it as a great opportunity to spend three years at a Division-1 school instead of two years."
He pointed out why Mississippi State wanted him to join their baseball program.
"I am a sidearm pitcher and (MSU pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson, who recruited me, said they really like to have guys in their program who throw from a lot of different arm slots," said Elliot. "He said he likes creative guys and not just guys who typically throw from over the top. And I think that is why he and I connected so well."
Mississippi State jumped on him before any other school did, although another big-time program also moved into his recruiting picture late in the process.
"Mississippi State actually came in before anybody else did," said Elliot. "My family is from Tallahassee so I had a lot of contacts with FSU but nothing really serious happened with them until the end of this past year. They had been showing a lot of interest in me and I know (FSU head) Coach (Mike) Martin. I think part of the reason they didn't show as much interest in me is because it would have been like them stealing me from the community college in their city. They were one of my top schools but after visiting Mississippi State and learning about it and learning about how great the pitching coach is it just seemed like a great place for me to develop."
Mississippi State is getting a very unique and very versatile pitcher.
"I started off as a closer for Tallahassee Community College and did really well, then I moved up to longer relief," said Elliot. "Then (my coach) gave me an opportunity to start a few games and he liked me there. So, I started a few games at the end of the season."
Unlike most pitchers who throw sidearm, Elliot has very good velocity. Add in movement that sidearm pitchers are known for and you have an intimidating presence on the mound
"I normally throw my fastball 84-86 and top out at 88," said Elliot. "I also throw a slider and a changeup. The movement is different for me each day. I usually get a lot of movement but some days I'll get more movement from right to left and some days I'll get more movement up and down."
This past season, as a true freshman, Elliot had a 7-1 record, 5 saves and an ERA of 2.19. In 65.2 innings he allowed 58 hits, struck out 56 and walked 20.
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