One of the top 2013 prospect in the Show-Me state is very familiar with the Missouri Tigers since his father played football at Mizzou and his mother ran track there.
John Burroughs RB/S Ezekiel Elliott 6'0" 200 4.4 forty-32" vertical- has grown up following and being a fan of the Tigers having two alums as parent. Ezekiel's Dad, Stacy Elliott, was a DE at Missouri from 1989-92 lettering those years. So, it's no surprise that the Tigers, along with several others on a growing list of schools, have the attention of the talented tailback.
"Yes, sir. I like Missouri," said Elliott. "With both my parents having gone there I pretty much grew up being a fan and following them. My Dad played football there, but he is not pushing me towards them or anything. He is going to let me make my own decision regarding a school. But it's good to have his input since he went through the recruiting process and can help me figure things out."
The Tigers have been paying attention to Elliott's achievements this past season, which included being named first team St. Louis All-Metro, Class 3 All-State and All Conference after accounting for over 2,200 yards of offense and an area leading 42 touchdowns from his tailback position, where he ran for over 1,800 yards and had over 400 yards receiving. For good measure he recorded 42 tackles and 2 INTs from his safety spot on defense.
"Missouri is showing me interest. Coach Pinkel and Coach Ford have been by my school I heard and I know they want me to attend their junior day, which I plan on attending in February."
I asked Ezekiel his thoughts on the Tigers after this season?
"It's really nice to see the way they run the ball now. And them going to the SEC is great. They will play a lot of the top teams and competition in the country. I like that," he said.
Ezekiel took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this past season.
"It went well. I liked the atmosphere when I was there. It's a good school," said Elliott when asked about his thoughts on the trip.
One of the things that makes Ezekiel Elliott so good is his speed. He is one of the top hurdlers in the nation, and won the Class 3 championship with a time of 14.1 in the 110 meter hurdles. He also came in 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 38.5 against another one of the top hurdlers in the country.
While he is playing basketball currently getting ready for track, Elliott is thinking a head a little bit to what he will be looking for in a college he wants to attend.
"I am looking for a school that will let me play football and run track. That will be important. I would also like to stay somewhere close to home so that my family can come to my games and see me play. Also, a good school with academics coming first and a staff that makes you feel comfortable and like family," Elliott said.
While some track guys play football, Elliott is a football player who also runs track equally well. He is a solid 200lbs and very physical to go along with his speed. He can run between the tackles or outside and use his speed to his advantage, but also has toughness. He possesses very good body lean running the ball and has good feet. He is also a very good receiver out of the backfield or lining up in the slot. On defense, he is a physical defender who likes to hit and can cover.
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to keep you updated on Ezekiel Elliott's recruitment.