UNC Makes Elliott's Latest Cut

In John Elliott's latest trimming of his favorites list, the Scout.com four-star prospect eliminated two schools.

"I cut Florida and Florida State," said Elliott. "I visited so many other places it was kind of – in a sense – late in the recruiting process for me to actually go visit there, and I already had so many places that I was really interested in. I thought it was a good start to narrow it down and move on from there."

That leaves Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia as Elliott's final seven schools.

"Honestly, those seven that are on there keep in great contact with me whether it's mail, text messages, anything like that," said Elliott. "All those schools are doing a great job keeping in touch with me."

During communication with North Carolina's staff, Elliott, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive tackle, was informed of the Tar Heels' limited space -- more specifically along the offensive line, where they already have four commitments.

"They didn't actually speak to me, they spoke to my head coach about that," said Elliott. "It's obviously something I need to look into, because a lot of schools are going to run out of spots at certain positions – obviously North Carolina is an example. So it's something I got to take into consideration with my timeframe.

"I think they have one more [offensive lineman] spot."

The next step for Elliott is to shave at least two more schools from his favorites list.

"I want to get down to four or five," said Elliott. "So I can use those to take my official [visits]. Right now, I don't really know [when I'll narrow it down]."

Elliott might be able to squeeze in one official visit during his senior season, but the majority of his official trips will be taken following his season.

On September 16th, Elliott opens his senior season against Hempstead (N.Y.). This season, he figures to start at both offensive tackle and defensive tackle.

During his junior year at East Meadow (N.Y.), 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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