NU Offers Junior Running Back

Northwestern has offered John Borroughs (MO) High School junior running back Ezekiel Elliot. Hear his thoughts on the Wildcats in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

John Borroughs (MO) High School running back Ezekiel Elliott is racking up a long and impressive list of offers, and Northwestern is the newest addition to that list.

"On Monday, [NU wide receivers coach Dennis Springer] told me to call and said he had news and they offered," Elliott said.

Northwestern has good reason to be interested in Elliott. The 6-foot-0-inch, 195-pound standout rushed for 1,080 yards and 26 touchdowns in his junior year, averaging 10.1 yards per carry. He also plays safety on defense and returns kicks and outside of football he runs track.

But Elliott says academics are important, as well, and it is NU's strong academic reputation that make this offer important.

"I think [this offer] was big," he said. "It's a great academic school and that's something we really value in my family."

Northwestern's contact with Elliott is still in the early stages. Beyond Springer, he hasn't had all to much interaction with the NU coaching staff.

"Coach Springer is such a nice guy," he said. "I haven't had the opportunity to talk with Coach Fitz yet, but I'll be talking with him soon."

Because of this, Elliott admits he does not know much about the Northwestern football program. That's something he and the Northwestern coaches hope to change in the coming months.

"I don't really know much about the football program and that's why I plan on visiting this Spring," Elliot said.

NU is up against some stiff competition for Elliott. He currently has six other offers: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio State, where he visited last weekend.

With that many offers — and possibly more coming — Elliott has made the decision to sit back and examine his options.

"Right now, I don't have any favorites; everyone's on a level playing field," he said. "I just plan on taking as many visits as I can, seeing what every school is like and narrowing down. I'm not in any kind of rush."


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