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Ezekiel Elliott gearing up for Buckeyes

9/26/2012



The courting from college programs continues for ESPN 300 running back Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), but the Ohio State commit reconfirmed his pledge to the Buckeyes late Tuesday and said he is using his senior season to fully prepare for college football.

Elliott, a four-star running back and the nation’s top-ranked player in the state of Missouri, said he will take an unofficial visit to Columbus, Ohio, the weekend of Oct. 6 to watch the Buckeyes host Nebraska. Elliott (No. 175 in the ESPN 300) also will set up an official visit to Ohio State after his senior season.

“I’m pretty strong with them,” Elliott said of his commitment to the Buckeyes. “I speak with them every week. I actually talked to [running backs] Coach [Stan] Drayton [Monday] night. There are a couple of schools that haven’t stopped calling, but it hasn’t really affected me much.”

Elliott, a 6-foot, 205-pound running back, said his current focus has been on getting John Burroughs as close to a state championship as possible. His team is 5-0 on the year, and he’s been impressive on the field, rushing for 813 yards and 18 touchdowns. Elliott’s only carried the ball 51 times, which equates to a rotund average of 15.9 yards per rush.

Elliott additionally has caught four passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s scored three touchdowns on punt returns. Collectively, he’s accounted for 1,174 all-purpose yards and 23 John Burroughs touchdowns.

“I think I’ve gotten lot stronger,” Elliott said. “I’m running a lot harder. It seems like everyone is having a harder time tackling me. I just feel a lot stronger when I run.

“Right now, the (Ohio State) coaches just want me to focus on my senior year and finish the year having fun like any other senior. They’re excited for me to come up, and I’ll get my workouts after I sign. I hope to get there and make an immediate impact.”