Elliott wants to start narrowing things down

John Elliott is a big offensive lineman that put his talent on full display last year, as a Junior. His efforts were good enough to earn the Empire State lineman first team All-State honors. Now, nearly finished with his Junior season Elliott looks to be holding the keys to his future, with more than a dozen scholarship offers in hand.

John Elliott stands at 6-foot-5 and 288-pounds. By way of East Meadow HS (East Meadow, NY) Elliott has been receiving national recruiting attention for many months now. His first performance against some of the top then-Seniors in the northeast and mid-atlantic at the Elite Combine last May solidified him as one of the rising Juniors in the class. Fast forward nearly a year later and Elliott has garnered over one dozen offers.

They include Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida State, Central Florida, Temple, and Mississippi State.

But all the attention hasn't phased Elliott one bit.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," stated Elliott in a recent interview with SOR.com.

"I am surprised about this whole situation because you never really expect things to get to where they are right now. It is still something that I am getting used to and I'm beginning to realize that I have a responsibility to make a very educated and important decision."

With the scholarship offers continuing to pile on Elliott knows that the narrowing down process will have to occur - at some point.

"I'm going to get into the process of narrowing things down. I'm just not sure I can say exactly when that will be now."

One of the schools recruiting Elliott is a university that is closest to his home: Rutgers.

"I have been to Rutgers twice," said Elliott.

"I've gotten to meet all the coaches. I've gotten to spend a lot of time with Coach Flood and spent some time with Coach Schiano. I have a pretty good relationship with Coach Flood - I've spoken with him a number of times. He's probably one of the coaches that I get along with best."

What is Elliott looking for in a school?

"I want a place where I could fit in with the coaches and the players. Academics and football have to be there as well. The two are an important combination for me."

Is distance a contributing factor for Elliott?

"I would like to be closer to home."

Elliott, who will not be making any Combine visits this spring, states that his Head Coach and parents will be instrumental in his eventual decision-making process.

"Basically, my head coach and my parents will be helping me but both have told me that my decision is my own to make."

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