Elliott Making Rounds

Ezekiel Elliott waited a while for his first scholarship offer to roll in. Once it did, the floodgates opened. The '13 St. Louis RB talks about his recruitment and the schools he's checking out in this update.

There's a belief in recruiting that once a prospect receives his first scholarship offer, other ones will soon follow. Ezekiel Elliott is a living example of this football phenomena.

Arkansas stepped forward with Elliott's first offer the week before signing day (Feb. 1) for the 2012 Class. The '13 running back from St. Louis watched as six more BCS schools come forward with opportunities for him.

"I think it's probably because my tape got out," the 6-foot, 195-pounder said. "We finished my highlight tape towards the end of January. We sent it out.

"We sent it to Arkansas. We hand't really heard much from them before they got the tape. As soon as they got it, they called back and they offered me. That was great and that was exciting."

Illinois offered a day after Arkansas did. Iowa and Nebraska stepped up a few days later. Missouri, Ohio State and Northwestern also have climbed aboard.

"Once I got the offer from (the Razorbacks), other offers started pouring in," Elliott said. "Things are looking nice right now."

Elliott scheduled a visit to Nebraska this weekend. That trip was expected to be followed by ones to Illinois and Arkansas in the the following weeks.

"I'm going to try to make it to as many schools as I can," Elliott said. "I plan on going on a lot of visits on spring break. The next four or five weeks, I'll be taking as many visits as I can."

Iowa appears to be in line for a visit from Elliott.

"They're recruiting me at running back," he said. "I don't really know much yet, but I plan on visiting there for one of the spring practices. I want to see what they're about."

Elliott's visits will slow down in the spring as he'll have track meets. He is the reigning state champion in the 110 hurdles and the 400 hurdles champ from the AAU nationals. He's considering being a two-sport athlete in college.

"Right now, I'm not really sure if I want to (run track)," Elliott said. "I'm open to it. The schools that I've talked to, all of them except Northwestern has a track team. They all allow their football players run track. That's going to be an option."

Elliott, who is considering majors in orthopedics or business, is looking for a connection to a school.

"I'm trying to see the attitude of the football program on these visits," he said. "I like a winning attitude. I love coaches that want to go all the way and win the national championship. When the coach has that as a goal, I really like that.

"I'm also looking for a school that is not just interested in me athletically but they're interested in me getting a great education. I want to be set for life after football."

Elliott said no schools have stood out to him at this point.

"I'm just trying to keep my mind open," he said. "I've only visited three schools (Missouri, Notre Dame and Ohio State). I'm trying to get to as many of them as I can. After that, I'm hoping to narrow down the schools that I'll take official visits to in the fall."

Elliott is not in a hurry to end his recruitment.

"I'm looking to take as much time as possible, as much time as I need," he said. "I want to be sure of my decision. If that takes until signing day, so be it. I just want to be open and to give everyone a fair chance. I want to take a look at every school and go from there."

Most schools are impressed with Elliott's versatility at the running back position.

"I can do a lot of different things," he said. "I'm a bigger back, so I can run over you, but I have enough speed to run around you. I'm shifty. I also can come out of the backfield and catch the ball. Coaches have told me that I'm a pretty complete back."

Elliott isn't limiting himself to selecting a specific offense at the college level.

"My team in high school (John Burroughs School), we do a little bit of everything," he said. "We run spread and pro formations. I don't really have a favorite. I'm open to anything right now."

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