Former Hanover High (Mechanicsville, VA) standout Jalen Elliott’s career at L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA) is off to a thrilling start. Down 15-14, the 6’2”, 175-pound junior heaved a pass 43 yards to the end zone in the final seconds against rival Thomas Dale. Receiver Daijuane Dorsey came down with the pass to give the Skyhawks a 20-15 win.
“It was a great feeling,” said Elliott, who finished the game with 190 yards passing and 47 yards rushing. In addition to the game-winning touchdown pass, he also had a 30-yard touchdown run to start the scoring.
The previous Saturday, Elliott was in Blacksburg to see Virginia Tech take on William & Mary in Lane Stadium. That experience was a positive one as well.
“It was great. A great experience,” said Elliott, the son of two Virginia Tech alums. “They rolled out the red carpet. I walked down the tunnel. I got to go through what [the players] go through. They played ‘Enter Sandman’ and I saw the crowd go crazy. It was cool to know I could be part of that in a couple years, if I do decide to go there. I hung out with Trevon Hill and a lot of other recruits who are committed there. They were like, ‘Why wouldn’t you want to go here?’ There was a little side recruiting.”
Coach Frank Beamer extended a scholarship offer to Elliott this past July, following Virginia Tech’s second one-day camp of the year. Old Dominion has offered as well. Arkansas, Nebraska, Purdue, Tennessee and Wake Forest are among the programs that have been in communication with the versatile athlete, who discussed his visit plans for the fall.
“I’m definitely trying to go back to Virginia Tech again,” Elliott said. “I’m pretty sure I’ll attend the Tennessee/Florida game with Ricky DeBerry. I’m already trying to set that up. Other than that, I want to try to get to any other schools that are close by. Wake Forest, I want to go there. I want to get to ODU.”
As mentioned, both of Elliott’s parents graduated from Virginia Tech. Jalen has visited numerous times and seems very high on the Hokies, but is a decision close?
“I don’t have anything planned as of now,” Elliott said. “I don’t want to make a decision too soon. I have two offers. Virginia Tech is definitely up there, though.”
Elliott is Bird’s starting quarterback, but he also plays corner as well. Virginia Tech likes him on defense.
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