Honored to be in Scout.com's Top 100

Okolona High School running back Robert Elliott was recently selected as a member of Scout.com's National Top 100. He was the 7th rated running back on the list. Find out what Robert thought of his selection and how his recruitment is going since the selection.

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When I told Robert about his selection to the very prestigious list, as the 55th selection, he was stunned.

"I am shocked. Out of all the people in the nation, I am in the top 55," said the 6-1, 191-pounder. "That is a blessing. I am just blessed to be in the top 55."

While he was shocked and surprised, one person probably won't be when she finds out the news from Robert.

"I didn't think it was possible, but my mother said it was always possible," said Robert. "She always told me when I was little that I am a good boy and I will have blessings coming to me. I used to take it in one ear and out the other and not pay much attention to it. Now, I see what she was talking about."

While he's happy, he's not satisfied. None of the great ones are.

"I am going to work even harder and try to get into the top 50," said the determined youngster.

Since he's made the list, he's noticed recruiting has picked up. At the time he didn't know why, but now he does.

"I don't have an offer from Tennessee, but I received a text message from them yesterday. Coach Luke was the one who sent the text message," said Robert. "I called them and talked to all of their offensive coaches. I think they said it's good that you are in the top 7 (running backs in the nation). Now, I know what they were talking about (the Scout.com National Top 100). I thought they were talking about Mississippi because I knew I was in the top seven in Mississippi."

With Tennessee now in his recruiting picture, what's his overall recruiting situation?

"I am still committed to Ole Miss, but I am still looking to see what other schools have to offer," said Robert, who said he has offers from Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis, Arkansas State, Southern Miss and Florida State. "I am going to take all five of my visits. I know four schools that I am going to visit, but I don't know who the fifth one will be. I am visiting Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida State and Alabama."

He explained what he likes about those four.

Alabama - "My mom likes that school. It's real close by. And I like their program and their coach, Mike Shula. He seems like a nice guy."

Ole Miss - "I just came back from Ole Miss today at their 7 on 7 camp. All their coaches there show me love. And Coach O (Orgeron) is like a father to me. He treats me real nice. They were the first to recruit me and to call me. That will have a big impact on my decision because I am interested in who is interested in me."

Mississippi State - "I like Mississippi State because everytime I go down there to see my sister it's like I'm right at home. It's like I fit right in. It feels like I'm already a football player down there. I like all the Mississippi State players. My sister and I are real close and she tells me it's a good school to come to."

Florida State - "It meant a lot to me that Coach Sexton came down to my spring game to see me play. I like their head coach, Bobby Bowden. I grew up liking Florida State."

He's already unofficially visited three of the four.

"I've visited Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I think I have been to Ole Miss about four time and Mississippi State five times," said Robert. "I go down to Mississippi State to see my sister all the time. I've gotten to know (Mississippi State players) Keith Fitzhugh and Derek Pegues from South Panola."

Look for additional updates on this very talented young running back.


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