Long Island OL Boasts 17 Offers

Offensive lineman John Elliott from East Meadow (N.Y.) on Long Island already has 17 scholarship offers, and there might be another one on the way from Ohio State. Elliott plays tackle in high school, but could play guard or tackle in college. We caught up with him for more.

Offensive lineman John Elliott from East Meadow, N.Y., has an impressive list of scholarship offers and Ohio State is expected to offer him soon.

In fact, there have been rumblings that the Buckeyes have already offered, but the letter might still be on the way to Long Island.

"I don't think Ohio State has offered me, but I've been gone for a few days and haven't gone through all my mail yet," Elliott said. "It would feel good to get an offer from them. They're a great program. They are one of the most traditional teams and they always have a great team."

Elliott (6-4, 290, 5.2) is one of the top offensive line prospects on the East coast and several top colleges are after him.

"I have around 17 offers," he said. "I don't really have any favorites, but I can list some of the more well-known schools: Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida State, West Virginia, Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse and North Carolina."

Elliott was not expecting to receive so many offers this early in the recruiting process.

"Not at all," he said. "This whole thing has pretty much been a big surprise to me. You look at it every day, and you're still surprised. It's not something you expect playing high school football in your junior year, going into your senior year."

Elliott will be entering his third year as a starter in 2006.

"My freshman year I was on JV, but I moved up for playoffs," he said. "And then I started my sophomore year. I wasn't even sure how well I was doing until the end of the year and an offer rolled in during the school year from West Virginia when I was still a sophomore. That was crazy."

Since the Mountaineers were the first to offer Elliott, might they have a leg up? A lot of times loyalty is a big factor for young football prospects. Just ask Joe Thomas from Lakewood St. Edward who stuck with his Pittsburgh commitment last year after a late push from OSU.

"It's definitely something to think about," Elliott said.

Ohio State is expected to add around four offensive linemen in its 2007 class. The Buckeyes only took two last year (not including tight ends) and the depth chart might look attractive to an offensive line recruit who wants to play early.

"Lately, I've been checking out a few places and looking at depth charts," Elliott said. "I haven't looked at Ohio State's yet. It's definitely something that matters to me because these are the guys that you are going to be playing with for the next four or five years. Obviously if they are already filled at a certain position, I might not want to go there."

Elliott could play tackle or guard on the next level.

"I've played tackle throughout high school, but I hear guard from some college and tackle from others," he said.

The lineman was asked to reveal his strengths and weaknesses.

"I think one of my strengths is that I'm a good run blocker," he said. "My team runs 90 percent of the time.

"I really don't see pass blocking as one of my weaknesses, but it's just something at the next level that I will need to be ready to do half the time, and not just 10 percent of the time."

Elliott would like to decide this summer, but he's not opposed to waiting if he needs to.

"You'd like it to be over with soon, but I'm not going to make a decision until I'm 100 percent sure," he said.

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