Four-star defensive tackle Noah Elliss has garnered plenty of attention in the last year since transferring to Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian from Utah, and that buzz doesn’t appear to be coming to an end any time soon.
The massive 6-foot-5, 325-pound lineman is a handful on the interior, using his size and strength to overpower blockers, and he has seen his stock soar following an impressive junior season.
UCLA was the latest program to jump into the picture Thursday when assistant coach Angus McClure extended Elliss, the son of former NFL Pro Bowl defensive tackle Luther Elliss, a scholarship offer.
“It was amazing hearing from UCLA,” Elliss told Bruin Report Online. “They like my size and how I compete on the field. The coaches there are great and I know they do a great job of developing linemen.
“Coach Angus was talking to me about how I can do well as a football player and as a person, not only on the field but off the field. It made me more attracted to them because he’s really personable.”
The Bruins aren’t alone in courting Elliss and probably won’t be the last to enter the fold, either. Elliss doesn’t anticipate making an early decision and has his sights set on lining up all potential options before sorting through everything.
“Right now, I would have to say Mississippi and Auburn are standing out,” Elliss said. “Auburn offered me recently and the coaches have been talking to me quite a bit. I’m trying to get other offers, too. I think Ole Miss is close.”
This offseason should be an important one, Elliss said. He intends to hit the road to compete at various football camps and plans to visit various schools this spring and summer, though an itinerary has not yet been set.
“But I know UCLA will be one of those stops for sure,” Elliss said. “I definitely want to camp there this summer.”
Elliss was credited with 58 total tackles, including 16.5 for a loss, in 14 games last season. He had 9.5 sacks and caused a fumble. Check out highlights below: