Noah Elliss is no closer to settling on a college choice than he was a few months ago, yet his recruitment appears to be clearing up as the season approaches.
The massive four-star defensive tackle from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian visited two of his contenders -- UCLA and USC -- last month, and also added scholarship offers from national powers Alabama and Oklahoma recently. Elliss told Scout.com he is sorting through every option and aiming to take his official trips this fall.
"I got to go to UCLA and USC in mid June," Elliss said. "At USC, I liked how the coaches are and how they treat the players. It's just a great environment there with some big connections. They are definitely one of my top choices.
"At UCLA, it was a lot of the similar things with USC just a different area. It was really nice out there. Coach (Angus) McClure was talking to me about how they were losing a lot of their defensive line and I could have a chance to play early on. Both schools were great. I like them equally right now."
Elliss intends to wait until the end of his senior season to announce a decision, so that means official visits figure to play a prominent role in the process in the months to come. The likes of Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ole Miss are also pushing heavily for the 6-foot-5, 325-pound prospect.
"I'm not really sure when I want to take the visits yet," Elliss said. "I haven't set any, so I'm still going through all of that. I'm definitely thinking about Alabama and Ole Miss. I've been talking to coaches at both schools and everything sounds interesting. They really want me to get out there and see their campuses."
The Wolverines have yet to offer Elliss but, with teammate Dylan McCaffrey already in the fold, he said he hears recruiting pitches in the weight room all the time.
"I think Michigan is going to offer me once the season starts," Elliss said. "I have been talking to coach (Jim) Harbaugh for a while and they are really interested in me. Dylan and I talk about it because I used to live in Michigan and I ask him what he likes about it. He tells me he's enjoyed everything whenever he's up there."
The Sooners recently joined the chase after assistant Calvin Thibodeaux stopped by to see Elliss, the No. 16-rated defensive tackle in the 2017 class, in person.
"I feel really good about Oklahoma, too," said Elliss, who plans to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after the season. "The defensive line coach came out here in the spring and he saw me practice. We spoke a few days later and he told me he was impressed. We'll see if I can get down there at some point."
The Cornhuskers, meanwhile, have been recruiting the state of Colorado consistently the last few cycles and Elliss said he has certainly felt the love from that staff.
"Nebraska has been recruiting me pretty heavy," Elliss said. "Their tradition with the black shirts is something that stands out for sure."
Elliss, the son of former NFL first-round selection Luther Elliss, was credited with 58 total tackles, including 16 1/2 for a loss, in 14 games last season, adding 9 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble. He and Valor Christian kick off the season Aug. 27 at home against Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro in a game that is scheduled to be televised nationally on ESPN as part of its HS Kickoff Classic lineup.
Check out Elliss in action during his junior season in the video above or try the version below: