Elliott to Camp at UNC

In the continued attempt to unofficially visit the campuses of each of his final nine schools, John Elliott will travel down to Chapel Hill on July 14th to check out North Carolina – one of the few favorites he has yet to visit.

"I'll be getting down there late Friday night, and I'll be there for Saturday and I'll be leaving on Sunday," said Elliott. "I might be doing some drills [during the camp] – we'll see."

In addition to UNC, Elliott, a 6-foot-4 285-pound offensive tackle from East Meadow (N.Y.), lists Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia as his final nine favorites. He has visited all of the aforementioned schools with the exception of the Gators, Seminoles, and Tar Heels.

Elliott hasn't set anything up yet with the two Sunshine State schools, but hopes to unofficially visit both before the start of his senior season.

Shortly after concluding his three remaining campus visits, Elliott, who says things are even between the nine, will narrow his list of favorites down even further.

"I will sit down with both my father and my head coach, discuss what I know about these colleges, what they have to offer, how I felt on my visits, and just narrow it down to a shorter list," said Elliott. "I'm not sure what that number will be. Hopefully, I get that done before my season."

Elliott will than officially visit his final schools, and make a decision "when [he's] ready."

"I want to play somewhere where I can get a good education and play top Division I-A football," said Elliott. "And also where I fit in with the coaches and players there, and an atmosphere I can thrive in."

While in Chapel Hill, Elliott figures to do the regular visit activities, while also working out with the offensive linemen.

"[Coach Dave Brock] spoke to my coach more than he's talked to me, but I think I'm going to be working out at camp a little and the basic visit stuff like tour the facilities, get to meet the staff, all that kind of stuff," said Elliott. "Hopefully I have a good time down there and I get to see what I want to see."

Also during his stay Elliott hopes to get more acquitted with the Tar Heels' new offensive line coach Mark Weber.

"I've talked to him a lot in text messages, but hopefully when I'm down on this visit I get to talk to him more," said Elliott. "[Getting to know the position coach] is definitely a big part of anyone's decision. Their position coach is going to be coaching them for four or five years."

Although Elliott has yet to step foot onto campus, he already has a positive impression of North Carolina.

"I'm getting a lot of information saying they are a program on the rise," said Elliott. "They're really getting some good [recruits] in there now, and they really have a good attitude like they're going to win and put something together now."

Elliott also likes the Tar Heels' recruiting efforts.

"Coach Brock has been down to my school numerous times," said Elliott. "And recently I've been speaking to Mike Paulus, who is the quarterback that just [verbally committed] there. He's been talking to me a lot about the program and how they are working on getting something together there. I'm probably going to spend some time down there with [Paulus]."

During his junior year, Elliott was named to the All-State and All-Metro teams, and won his county's lineman-of-the-year award.

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