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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Cornelius Elder breaks down final schools

By Dave Hooker

With interest from schools near, far and across the nation, Cornelius Elder's recruitment is beginning to come into focus, even as a new SEC school enters the chase.

Elder, whose nickname is Corn, has been in no hurry to conclude his recruitment. The high school basketball standout has been patient. In fact, he wasn't even sure he wanted to play football last summer.

Now, with less than a month until national signing day, thing are moving nearly as quick as Elder does. He took his official visit to Ohio State last weekend.

"Great coaching staff, great facilities, and they have one of the best coaches in Urban Meyer," the ESPN 300 prospect said. "They had an undefeated season and they have great players."

Auburn is the newest school to recruit Elder. The move makes sense, especially with Tiger head coach Gus Malzahn's versatile offense. The former Auburn offensive coordinator was hired to replace fired head coach Gene Chizik last month.

"They have a good offense that fits me," the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Elder said. "Great coaches that know how to win and use talent. From what I've heard a great campus."

Elder, a four-star tailback, is considering an official visit to Auburn. He is also considering an official visit to Georgia Tech.

"I'm not sure yet," Elder said. "I may take another one."

Elder has said he'd like to play basketball and football in college. That has always helped Tech's and UCLA's chances.

If he chooses to be a Yellow Jacket he could play in the ACC against tradition-rich basketball programs. If he chooses UCLA, he could play for one of the most tradition-rich basketball programs in the country. Elder took an official visit to UCLA in November.

"I liked it a lot," the No. 207 prospect in the nation said. "Great coaching staff, great facilities and great campus. They are rising again in football, so that's always good, and it's the city of L.A."

Elder, who lives just a few miles from Vanderbilt's campus, said he is considering an official visit to the school this weekend. That, however, is not mandatory for Vandy to be considered.

"I may also take an official visit there," the No. 2 prospect in Tennessee said. "Just not sure since I've been there multiple times."

Elder said he would announce his college decision on national signing day.