RECRUITING: Tulsa athlete a hot commodity

If you haven't heard about Prentice Elliott yet get ready. He's the biggest sleeper in Oklahoma and officially on the Sooners' watch list.


Every year there is a player that goes into his senior year with very little fanfare, but plays so well that by mid-season he is the talk of the state. That player this year is Prentice Elliott, a running back at the old Tulsa McLain, which is now Tulsa School for Science and Technology.

Elliott played only two games last year before he got disenchanted with the coaching staff. So, he got out of football and transferred to a smaller school to work on his academics.

"I heard that Danny Daniels from Hominy was going to be our new head coach, so I decided to go back to TSSN. He won state at Hominy three or four years in a row, so I decided to give football one more try. He has turned out to be as good advertised. He has turned our program around this year and we have a great chance to make the playoffs. We can finish 6-4 this year and that is a complete turn around from last year when we went 1-9."

Elliott stayed fit in the weight room and ran on his own. He had two younger brothers that still played football so he got some individual attention with them, but he always knew if given the chance he could be a great player.

"I have been playing football since the second grade and I knew that if the right coach would come along that I could be a good football player," said Elliott. "Coach Daniels has been just that guy and he has been great to play for. He cares about us and we are playing very hard for him and that is showing up on the field."

TSST is 4-4 on the year and Elliott has rushed for 1,776 yards and 23 touchdowns in Class 5A.

"They line me up all kinds of ways," said Elliott. "I run out of the I-formation at tailback when I am running the football, but I also line up at wide receiver and they throw the me the ball out there. I have a 30-inch vertical jump, so with my speed and jumping ability we just throw me a bunch of fades and I go up and get the ball. In college I think I will either play wide receiver or defensive back, because most college recruiters are recruiting me as an athlete."

OSU is the only school that has offered Elliott at this point, but he is hearing from Arkansas State, Tulsa, OU, Tennessee, New Mexico, TCU, Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State.

"Recruiting is still open at this time, because I am just concentrating on my senior season," said Elliott. "Everything is still open for me. I hope these other schools will offer me soon, but at this point I am not sure what they will do. OU has called me and let me know that they are very interested in me. I like Oklahoma and lot and I love their defense. Playing for the OU defense gets me excited about college football."

Elliott takes the ACT next month and then he can start thinking about taking visits.

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