February 12, 2012

Buckeyes offer Missouri running back

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With a star-studded group of out-of-state prospects at Ohio State on Sunday afternoon, it was likely that a few would head home with verbal offers. For St. Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs running back Ezekiel Elliott, that is exactly what happened. The 6-foot, 200-pound back got the confirmation he needed after his trip to Columbus for the junior day.



"We weren't really too sure if we actually got the offer so we had to ask after the visit," said Elliott. "It felt great to get offered by a powerful football program like Ohio State."



Elliott said he spent most of time at Ohio State speaking with various members of the Ohio State coaching staff.



"When we got to Ohio State we got to tour the football complex," Elliott said. "We got to meet with head coach Urban Meyer, we enjoyed our time. I spent time with a lot of the coaches, actually. I spent time with the coach that recruits our area, coach (Bill) Sheridan and then I spent some time with the running backs coach, coach (Stan) Drayton."



The big-time prospect is coming off a junior season in which he rushed for over 1,800 yards and accounted for 40 total touchdowns. Elliott's huge junior season has been rewarded so far with half a dozen verbal offers.



"I have offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Mizzou, and Ohio State," he said. "I just visited Mizzou yesterday and Ohio State today so those two are up there at the top, neck and neck."



Elliott and his family hit the road hard this weekend with junior day trips to both Missouri and Ohio State in back-to-back days and he commented on what has both of those programs out in front right now.



"(On Missouri) It's a program that has made some changes and wants to win national championships," he said. "Also my dad played football at Missouri and my mom ran track there so I've been around the Missouri program my whole life. With Ohio State, everywhere you go around there they talk about national championships, they want to win national championships and that's big."





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