Elliott Earns Irish Offer

Class of 2013 running back Ezekiel Elliott went from hearing little from Notre Dame to holding a scholarship offer. IrishEyes.com caught up with Elliott to get his thoughts on his newest offer.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott of St. Louis (MO) John Burroughs School told IrishEyes.com early in the month contact between him and Notre Dame had come to a standstill since a campus visit during the season.

That's since changed and both Elliott and his family happy became excited about the increased contact...and an Irish offer.

"It's always good to have a big program like Notre Dame offer you," said Elliott. "You know with Notre Dame you can go and play great football and earn a great degree.

While Elliott is excited about the offer he is also looking to visit as many programs as possible before making a decision.

"The Notre Dame offer is up there with everyone," said Elliott. "Right now we're just trying to take it slow and give every school a chance by visiting as many Junior Days as possible to see as many schools as we can."

When will Elliott make a return trip to South Bend?

"I'm going up to Notre Dame on March 24 for a practice and a Junior Day," Elliott said.

One thing the Irish corrected was the lack of communication between the staff and Elliott.

"I had heard from Notre Dame a little bit and then I didn't hear from them for awhile," explained Elliott. I learned it was because the coach recruiting my area left and they had to get a new area coach.

"I didn't know what to expect or when to expect it but coach (Tony) Alford is recruiting me as well as coach (Bob) Elliott who is the recruiting coach now for my area.

I call and have been on the phone and Facebook with both of them so things are going well in building a relationship."

What will Elliott be looking to do during his upcoming visit?

"I just need to learn more about the school and see more of the facilities," said Elliott. "I also want to meet the new staff members so I can have a relationship with all the coaching staff and see if it's a place I want to be."

One thing Elliott already knows is the Irish academic programs are a major interest with him and his family.

"Academics are always something we've valued as a family," said Elliott. "My sisters and I have always been prepared for school. So academics are something we take very serious so it's going to be up there. There is life after football to think about."

How did his family respond to news of the offer?

"Everyone was happy," Elliott said. "We really didn't expect it as we hadn't really heard from Notre Dame lately. But a few days before they offered me, I started talking with coach Alford again."

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