The recruiting process has been an interesting one for Elliott. Unexpectedly, the offers came fast and furious for the Martone Award winner (awarded to the best lineman in Nassau County) and before the early May evaluation period Elliott was already nearing 20 offers. The eventual narrowing down process, however, did not proceed so swiftly.
"I've always been a fan and I started to go on these sites and it seemed that for so many players the entire process went so smoothly. It seemed to click for so many of them. I have trouble understanding how some of these guys after taking one or two visits to a school, how they can come to a decision on a school so quickly and easily. The process hasn't been so easy for me," stated Elliott.
Indeed, talking to Elliott gives one this precise impression. A very methodical evaluator himself, Elliott has researched each and every school on his list and attempted to be as objective as possible in his process. While the final decision may come down to a feeling, the initial part of the process has been all about objective analysis of each of his suitors.
Most recently, Elliott went to North Carolina for the Tar Heels' summer camp.
"I went down to North Carolina last weekend. I thought it was a great place to visit. I got to meet many of the coaches, it was a very positive experience," said Elliott.
Besides Elliott's most recent visit to UNC, Rutgers is a school that remains in the running for the lineman's services.
"I think Rutgers is a great school. It was really captivating to hear their players speak so passionately about their program (Elliott dropped by for a visit this Spring to attend a Scarlet Knight practice session). They were just talking about where Rutgers was when they decided to go to Rutgers and where the program is now," continued Elliott.
So where does Elliott stand as of this moment?
"I plan on narrowing down my list pretty soon," stated Elliott. The subsequent trimming of his list will occur within the next week or two - 7 schools will remain.
Besides the recruiting process, Elliott is also focusing on his upcoming senior season in high school.
His squad has plenty of senior leadership on its roster, including the Jets' starting Center, Garrett Dolgon (6-foot-1 and 275-pounds). Dolgon played on the offensive and defensive line last year and is also a top student who appears headed for an Ivy League school education.
Chris Bright (5-foot-10 and 205-pounds) is the starting fullback for east Meadow that also doubles as a LB. Last year Bright, an old school sort of football player, who according to Elliott hits with the ferocity of a truck, carried the ball 111 times for 647 times to go along with 10 rushing TDs. Defensively, Bright racked up 41 tackles, recovered a pair of fumbles and also amassed an impressive 9 sacks.
Leading the way offensively for East Meadow is their signal-caller Mike Tracy. At 6-feet-2 and 200-pounds, Tracy threw for 6 scores as a Junior while also running for 5 more.
Elliott, as much of a team player as one will find, treats his teammates more like brothers, and seems very much enthused about the prospects of his senior season at East Meadow.
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