John Elliott: And Then There Were 4

The 6-foot-5 and 290-pound athletic OL started with a list containing greater than two dozen schools. The narrowing down process most recently reached a final list of 5. Elliott, who has one visit set up for this weekend has cut another to reach a final 4 - who makes the cut and who is out? SOR has the latest ...

East Meadow HS's and Coach Mascia's star senior OL ended the year on a great note personally. The Sr OL, John Elliott, was recognized as the Martone Award winner, given annually to the top lineman in Nassau County high school football, at the annual Nassau Gridiron Banquet at Crest Hollow Country Club. Elliott is the recipient of this award for a second consecutive year.

East Meadow HS's season, ended with an impressive 10-1 overall showing despite the LI Championship loss to Floyd (Mastic Beach, NY). The Jets were the Section 8 winners and behind an imposing OL nearly posted two 1,000 yard rushers as Andrew Rubenau (991yds, Sr) and Alex Rivas (948yds, Jr) both came tantalizingly close to the century mark.

For John Elliott, with his Senior season now behind him, his attention turns to recruiting. Most recently, Elliott's final 5 included (in alphabetical order) Boston College, Michigan, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia. At this time, Elliott has further narrowed down his list of schools to reach just 4.

After the elimination of West Virginia, a school he decided not to take an official visit to this past weekend, his final 4 will include BC, UM, RU, and UVA. In regards to where his final schools stand in relation to one another, Elliott stated that "its kind of all even now".

Rutgers has been one of Elliott's suitors from the very start and remain in the hunt, having reached the final cut. Elliott had a chance to talk to his recruiter, Rutgers Offensive Line Coach Kyle Flood, a few days ago. The pair have set up an official visit to Rutgers the weekend of the 15th/16th (of December). The visit to Rutgers is supposed to be Elliott's second offcial visit.

His first is scheduled for this weekend at Boston College. However, this visit was set up before the news of Coach O'Brien's impending departure from the Eagles. Multiple sources have disclosed that the North Carolina State Wolfpack look ready to hire Boston College's Tom O'Brien as its new football coach. Official news of the hiring may come as early as Thursday.

It is unknown whether the departure of O'Brien will have any effect on Elliott's recruitment.

Elliott has two additional visits already set up, with his remaining choice of schools. Both UVA and Michigan, which round out his Top 4, are set to receive Elliott as an official visitor toward the latter half of January.

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com


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