- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Georgia Tech made a compelling argument for Cornelius Elder last weekend. Now, it's Alabama's turn.
The ESPN 300 running back from Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth visited Tech's campus last weekend for the Miami game. He'll be in Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the Ole Miss game.
Alabama hasn't offered Elder a scholarship but has shown strong interest. As for the Yellowjackets, they have already offered Elder a scholarship and established themselves as a prime suitor the versatile athlete.
“It was good,” Elder said of the visit. “I had a great time. Great atmosphere. Got to talk to the basketball coach, that was good.”
Elder's meeting with Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt certainly made an impression on Elder, who has long said he'd prefer to play basketball over football in college. Elder adjusted his college dreams a bit when he didn't receive a big-time scholarship offer for basketball. Now, he said he'd like to play football and basketball in college. Georgia Tech's coaches have said he's welcome to pursue both sports there.
“He said if I went to Georgia Tech, I would definetely have a spot on the basketball team,” Elder said of his conversation with Hewitt. Georgia Tech would also provide Elder with the opportunity to play basketball in the ACC. That means playing against some of the most tradition-rich programs in the nation.
“That's a great feeling,” Elder said. “Playing against the best competition in the country, that's always great.”
Tech also has another advantage over the other schools recruiting Elder.
“I love the big city,” he said when asked about Atlanta. “I've been to Atlanta quite a bit so I'm familiar with it. I love Atlanta. A big city would be no problem.”
Elder has a connection to Tech. Defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum was once the head coach at Middle Tennessee State.
Alabama gets the next chance to wow Elder. He'll visit Tuscaloosa this weekend.
“I just want to meet the coaching staff,” Elder said. “I know they already have a great program and great tradition. Just want to meet the coaching staff, see the campus and see how things go.”
It remains to be seen just what position Elder will play in college. Tech is recruiting the 5-foot-10, 170-pound prospect to play offense, most likely tailback. Alabama is thought to be evaluating him as a defensive back, most likely cornerback.
As for other visits, Elder is planning an official visit to UCLA in November. He said he'll also visit Ohio State but isn't sure when.