Ezekiel Elliot has finally signed his name on a Letter of Intent destined for Columbus, Ohio. After a few weeks of agony felt by Buckeye fans all over the nation, Ezekiel Elliot told us what we have known all along: he is a Buckeye.
Elliott originally committed to Ohio State in April of 2012, and was all set to come to Columbus and join his fellow recruits for the 2013 campaign. He posted cozy pictures with Urban Meyer inside the Ohio State locker room. He had pictures of himself in a number two Ohio State uniform. He seemed to fit perfectly into the Buckeye mold. He was as excited as anyone else to be an Ohio State Buckeye. It was rest assured Ezekiel was a Buckeye until a last minute visit that scared everyone into a frenzy.
It is no secret that Ezekiel Elliott’s parents are proud Missouri Tigers. Ezekiel’s mother, Dawn Elliott, ran track at Missouri and broke all kinds of records. His father, Stacey Elliott, was a football player at Mizzou during the 1990’s. Living in St. Louis, Missouri is right around the corner. It was obvious that Missouri was going to be an option for Ezekiel, but no one understood how real an option it was.
Ezekiel decided that he didn’t do Missouri justice when it came to the recruiting process. A school that has been at his heart since his birth, he felt that he needed to give the Tigers a chance to earn his services. He set up a visit to Missouri on January 25th, nearly a month and a half after his commitment to Ohio State, and nearly a week and a half before signing day.
Ezekiel and his family are very much involved with social media, and when Ezekiel decided a visit to Missouri was necessary, their involvement in the Twitter-world may have backfired. Immediately, Buckeye Nation thought that this meant he was flipping his commitment and heading home to Mizzou. Videos and reports of “Ezekiel Elliott to Mizzou” were filling the web, as the Missouri students even created a chant for Ezekiel at a Tigers basketball game. “Miz-EZE” became quite the phenomenon for Tiger faithful throughout the few weeks that Ezekiel was undecided between Mizzou and Ohio State. Even the rivals of Ohio State, the Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin fans, joined the Miz-EZE bandwagon, if only to “troll” the Buckeye faithful. As the hate and worry spewed through the Twitter-sphere, Elliott kept calm while making what could be deemed “the most important decision of his life”.
With Buckeye and Tiger fans waiting with bated breath, Elliott chose Ohio State over his beloved Missouri Tigers and allowed Ohio State fans the deep sigh of relief they had all been waiting for. Supported throughout by his mother and father, Elliott decided that although Mizzou tugged firmly at his roots, it’s football program just wasn’t suited for his talents. Gary Pinkel and his staff gave Ohio State quite a run, but Urban Meyer, Coach Coombs, and the rest of the Ohio State staff, were just too important for Ezekiel Elliott to turn away from.
Elliott is a 6’0, 200 pound running back out of John Burroughs High School in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. In high school, with his 4.4 speed, Elliott dominated his conference, his state, and the record books. His senior year went as follows: 203 rushes for 2155 yards, 40 rushing touchdowns, 16 receptions for 383 yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns. His junior year was much the same: 211 carries for 1800 yards, 34 rushing touchdowns, 23 receptions for 401 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Elliott garnered a lot of attention for himself putting up these statistics, including looks from the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, and Mizzou, among others.
Elliott is the best player coming out of the state of Missouri and is one of the Top 150 players in the nation according to Rivals.com, ESPN.com, and 247Sports.com. Rivals.com puts him as the 84th best player in the nation, the 12th running back, and a 6.0 on the scale. ESPN has him at 109th in the nation and grades him at an 84. Finally, 247Sports has Elliott at 70th in the nation, 4th running back in the nation, and the best player in the state of Missouri. As you can see, there is a bit of a consensus that Elliott is a very, very talented player and would make quite the impact, regardless of where he went to school.
As a Buckeye, Elliott is going to be a pure running back. Buckeye fans were wondering what would happen to Ezekiel with Dontre Wilson coming to Columbus, but Elliott is going to be a feature runner rather than a receiver or a returner. Scouts have said that Elliott is a mix between power and speed, calling him a bit of a hybrid back. Despite his great size, Elliott’s speed, coupled with his 4.16 shuttle, 36 inch vertical, and great hands deem him an incredibly athletic asset to have in the Ohio State backfield.
In addition to his skills on the football field, Ezekiel Elliott is also a great basketball player and track star. He won a State Championship in the 110 meter hurdles, running a blazing 14.1 seconds, and finished second in the 300 meter hurdles, running a 37.85 time. In basketball, Elliott’s talents were not as profound but, nonetheless, his athleticism showed.
As Buckeye Nation’s sigh of relief comes to an end, Ezekiel Elliott’s career at Ohio State is just starting. It remains to be seen just how effective Ezekiel will be at the running back spot, but with Urban Meyer and his spread offense, the potential for greatness will certainly be there.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Ezekiel! We certainly wish you the best as you start your journey at The Ohio State University, and hopefully we will only see great things from you in both the classroom and on the football field! Go Bucks!
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