A fellow native of the Empire State, the 6-5, 290-pound Elliott is just the latest big-time recruit Paulus has reached out to.
"He called me one time and we spoke on the phone," said Elliott. "We talked about North Carolina and the recruiting process. Right now he sends me text messages every now and then, and sends me stuff in my email."
The constant recruiting pressure has Elliott intrigued enough by North Carolina that he is in the process of planning an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill over the summer.
With 22 scholarship offers to mull through, including the likes of Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, and West Virginia, Elliott isn't prepared to name favorites just yet.
"Right now, I'm kind of open, but I'm starting to get more of an idea," said Elliott. "I'm going to know which schools I'm going to keep around by the end of the month. I'll probably narrow it down to ten."
After that point Elliott isn't sure where he will go with his favorites list, but he'll most likely narrow it down further to five schools. His final decision, on the other hand, won't have a set deadline.
"I'm not making my decision until I'm 100-percent sure," said Elliott. "So however long that takes."
While Elliott won't reveal whether the Tar Heels will make the cut to ten, he does admit it appears likely.
"It's a place that I really want to look at," said Elliott. "I have 22 offers right now and I obviously can't see them all, but North Carolina is worth the trip down there."
As a junior at East Meadow (N.Y.) High School, Elliott named to the All-State and All-Metro teams, and won his county's lineman-of-the-year award.