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A four-star running back who has designs on playing both football and basketball in college, speedy Cornelius Elder took an official visit to Auburn during the week to get a feel for the Auburn program.
Spending Wednesday and Thursday on campus along with his mom, Elder says that there is plenty to like about the Tigers
."It went pretty good," Elder says. "I got to meet the coaches and sit down with Coach Malzhan and Coach (Rhett) Lashlee. I also got to watch basketball practice and be with the coaches over there. It was a good visit.
"I like the facilities and the coaching staffs, both football and basketball," he adds. "I like the people around. It's a family."
With a huge need at the running back position, in particular from a speed standpoint at the position previously held down by Onterio McCalebb in Malzahn's offense, Elder says he liked what he saw about how the Tigers would use him.
"They want me at running back and slot," Elder says. "I could get the ball in space. It's pretty exciting. I want the ball in my hands.
"I think it's a great offense," he adds. "It kind of fits me."
One of the most important things for the 5-10, 165-pound Elder is having the opportunity to play both sports on the next level. Also a standout basketball player at Ensworth High, Elder notes that Malzahn had a plan for what he would do at Auburn playing both football and basketball and that's important to him.
"That's very important," Elder says. "Sometimes schools talk about you playing both, but you never really get to meet the basketball coaches. Me getting to meet the coaches really says something.
Having already visited Ohio State and UCLA with a trip to Georgia Tech coming up this weekend, Elder says Auburn is definitely on his list following his trip, but he's not ready to make a decision just yet. Also still considering Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, he says it's just one day at a time for him.
"Auburn is definitely up there and I'm definitely considering them," Elder says. "I'm just taking it day by day. We'll see.
"I'm just going to sit down and talk about it with my mom and see what fits me best," he adds. "I'm taking it day by day. My plan is to do it on signing day, but it could be after that. I'm not sure."
As a senior Elder ran for 2,618 yards and rushed for 39 touchdowns.