Elliott Takes Step Back

Ezekiel Elliott spoke with IrishEyes.com after allowing the emotions of his Junior Day experience to settle in.

There is no doubt that St. Louis (MO) John Burroughs School running back Ezekiel Elliott enjoyed his Junior Day experience at Notre Dame this past weekend.

However, after allowing a few days to come off the emotional high of the visit, Elliott is looking to keep the recruiting process in perspective.

"I know I told some I might be making a decision after visiting Ohio State this weekend," said Elliott. "I regret saying that as I was still very emotional from my visit at Notre Dame."

While Elliott may be taking a step back from making an early decision it has nothing to do with his visit.

"We arrived on Friday and stayed until Sunday," said Elliott about his time on campus. "I had a chance to meet with the track coaches and spend some time with the team learning about the family atmosphere of Notre Dame. The one thing I came away from my visit knowing was how much the players are a family. South Bend is a small city but you could see these guys have a special bond and count on one another.

"Saturday was the Junior Day and I was able to watch practice. It was the team's first day in pads and it was very intense."

On the field the Irish are keeping their options open with Elliott.

"Right now they tell me it is a 50 percent chance I play running back, and a 50 percent chance I play cornerback," explained Elliott. "I like playing running back but I'm open to playing defense."

While Elliott did leave a small window open for allowing a possible early decision, his current plan involves him taking a few more visits.

"I would like to visit Georgia and Alabama," he said. "I also could look to visit schools like Pittsburgh, Penn State and Iowa as well."

Elliott remains high on the Irish and his experience during his visit. IrishEyes.com will continue to track any developments in this story as they happen.

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