After landing a bigger back in the 2012 class, Nebraska is once again looking for that all-around threat. St. Louis (MO) John Burroughs high school junior speedster Ezekiel Elliott (6-foot, 200 pounds) feels he's just that.
"I like to do it all. I can run people over, or turn on the jets (4.48 forty) and run past people. I do it all, whatever they give me that day is fine," said Elliott who holds an offer from Nebraska. "I'm coming up for their junior day I believe on the 18th."
"Nebraska is a team that likes to run the ball. It's nice to have an option like that," said Elliott. "I get excited about a team like that...I want a team that runs the ball, but I'm open to anything right now. I play out of the slot from time to time as well."
Elliott says distance might be a factor, saying he doesn't know if he wants to "go to far away from home," but says Nebraska is within an easy driving distance.
Another important factor in the 2013 product's decision will be academics.
"I'm looking for a school that can challenge me both in football and academically. I want a school where I can become a better man, not just in football," said Elliott, who knows Nebraska's reputation for creating Academic All-Americans. "My parents are really excited about the offer. We are a family that value education – my sisters and I have always gone to private school. Education comes first for us.
The junior was named to St. Louis' All-Metro team in 2011, while also earning Class 3A All-State honors. He collected over 2,200 yards on offense and an area leading 42 touchdowns. He also registered 42 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
Stick with Big Red Report as we continue to monitor 2013 prospects on the Huskers' radar.