- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Cornelius "Corn" Elder took the weekend off from recruiting. He didn't visit any school this weekend and has no immediate visits planned. The ESPN 300 running back is clearly in no rush.
"I'm not sure," the four-star prospect from Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth said when asked when he might name a list of finalists. "Just taking it day by day."
Elder's last visit to a college came on Nov. 16, when he travelled to Los Angeles to see UCLA beat USC 38-28. Elder came away impressed.
"It was great," Elder said. "I loved the campus. Great atmosphere and great coaching staff."
UCLA offered Elder something he has coveted throughout his recruitment, the chance to play basketball for the tradition-rich Bruins' basketball team.
The Bruins aren't the first to offer the chance to be a two-sport star, as Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt have made a similar offer. Elder has also shown strong interest in Ohio State, where he visited earlier this fall.
Vanderbilt, which is just a few miles down the road from Ensworth, has made a strong impression on Elder and several other in-state prospects. At 8-4 this season, the Commodores are bowl eligible in both seasons under coach James Franklin.
Vandy's 2013 signing class ranks 17th in the nation and sixth-best in the SEC. The Commodores have 21 commitments, including four that are listed in the ESPN 300.
Tennessee has never been a strong player for Elder. If it is to become one under a new coach, that coach have to make up serious ground.
"I'm not sure," Elder said of the Vols' interest. "Haven't really talked to them."
UCLA seems in much better shape, especially after finishing 9-3. It'll play for the Pac-12 title on Saturday. UCLA's 2013 class ranks 18th in the nation.
"I like it," Elder said of the football program. "They are doing good this year."