UNC Staying After Elliott

North Carolina's pursuit of Nathan Elliott has remained strong since the UNC coaching staff offered the 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback during the summer.

"North Carolina has been talking to me a lot," Elliott said. "I've been getting mail from other schools, but North Carolina has been talking to me on the phone and through Twitter. I also get messages from Vanderbilt through Twitter, but North Carolina has been talking to me the most."

Blake Anderson also made an evaluation visit to Celina (Texas) High School last week where he spent nearly an hour conversing with Bill Elliott, Nathan's father and Celina's head coach.

"They talked about everything – how our football season went, family stuff," Elliott said.

On Tuesday morning, Ricky Rahne, Vanderbilt's quarterbacks coach, will visit Celina to watch Elliott throw.

When Elliott and Anderson speak it's usually during their routine Tuesday night phone conversation.

"We talk about everything," Elliott said. "It's not always just about football. We talk about how our families are doing, how school's going. It's pretty cool to get to talk to him every week on the same night. It's kind of a routine thing now, which is kind of cool."

Anderson also kids about Elliott becoming the newest addition to the Tar Heels' 2015 recruiting class.

"Coach Anderson always jokes with me, ‘You could commit right now if you want to,'" Elliott said. "But he knows that I want to take all the time I can and see what place is best for me."

Elliott admits that right now that place is UNC.

"I would say if I had to choose now, it would be them," Elliott said. "It's just because of how they've recruited me, how much they want me up there – that's a big thing.

"But I'm leaving it all open. We'll see what happens. I want to get all the options I can to make the right choice."

Although not a dealbreaker, the greatest factor working against UNC is its distance from Elliott's home in Celina. It's about a 15-hour drive.

"[Proximity] is the only thing that North Carolina doesn't have and they can't control that," Elliott said. "They have everything else but that. It kind of sucks because I don't want to be that far from my hometown but I really like North Carolina. [Distance] is the only downfall about it. I'm not going to let that affect my decision too much."

Ideally, Elliott would like to make a verbal commitment around the end of his academic school year/early summer. Between now and then, he plans to make several recruiting trips.

"I definitely want to go to all the colleges I can to see what they have to say," Elliott said. "I would love to go back to North Carolina sometime. I'd say definitely Baylor, Oklahoma State – schools around here that I can get to fairly easily."

Elliott, who camped at UNC last summer, has begun talks with his father about returning to Chapel Hill for possibly a Tar Heel spring practice.

During the season, the only recruiting trip Elliott made was to TCU when it hosted Texas. His father played football for the Horned Frogs.

After reeling off nine consecutive victories to begin the 2013 season, Celina lost its final two contests including its first round playoff game against Gainesville, 55-49. While not the sole reason, player suspensions for both losses contributed to the cause.

"We had some seniors on our team that wanted to do something selfish and not benefit the team," Elliott said. "It kind of pisses me off, because we have young kids that bust their butts."

While playing in a system similar to UNC's, Elliott threw for 2,500 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 400 yards and seven scores.

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