Elliot Reacts To OSU Offer

Dewey Elliot from Fairfield is one of the top linebackers in Ohio and he already boasts an impressive list of scholarship offers, including one from Ohio State. We caught up with him for his thoughts on the Buckeyes, how his high school team might fare in 2006, his strengths as a linebacker, and more.

Fairfield linebacker Dewey Elliot is the No. 17 overall prospect in the state according to Ohio High magazine and has already collected an impressive list of scholarship offers.

"I have offers from UC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Michigan State, Purdue, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Illinois, Miami Oxford, Northwestern, Akron, Ball State, Iowa State," Elliot said. "There are so many schools, I might have forgot one."

Elliot (6-1, 240, 4.5) racked up over 100 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior in 2005. But he wasn't expecting to get so many offers from top schools this early in the recruiting process.

"Yeah, I was very surprised," he said. "I didn't think my name would get out there that much. Ohio State's offer was a big deal to me. They offered me and started talking to me about how they were amazed by my highlight tapes and stuff. They said they were going to come back next month and see me."

Elliot grew up rooting for two Ohio schools in particular.

"I've always liked the Buckeyes and the Bearcats," he said. "Matter fact, the Bearcats' recruiter came to talk to me today and offered me a full ride right now and wanted my transcripts and stuff."

Elliot is not in a hurry to make a decision. In fact, he could wait until early February.

"I think I want to wait all the way until signing day," he said. "That's what I told the UC coach today."

Elliot does a lot of things well. He's intense, he's a big hitter, and he has tremendous speed.

"I think my strength is my attitude and my speed," he said. "I think the way I look at things on the field affect me in a positive way. And my speed helps me too on the field. I am not trying to be cocky or too confident, but there's not too many linebackers out there that have my kind of speed. I just take that as an advantage. I run a low 4.5. Usually 4.52, somewhere around there."

Elliot will attend Ohio State's football camp this summer.

"Yeah, I'll be at O-State and I'm also going to the Nike camp next Friday."

Fairfield went 8-3 in 2005 and lost to eventual Division I state champion Cincinnati St. Xavier in the first round of the playoffs.

This year, Elliot thinks his team will be even better.

"I think with us having a new coach and all (Tim Viox) our team is going to pull together and become closer as a team. We were pretty good last year and we know we have the talent and I think we're going to come together and get it done this year. Our coach was just hired this past weekend."

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