When L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA) athlete Jalen Elliott was in Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s Junior Day last Saturday, the Tech coaches let him know they wanted him to be part of their team and also a primary recruiter.
“They just said that if I was to commit it would be a real booster for the 2016 class,” Elliott said. “They would want me to try to help get them some other recruits.”
Elliott is taking his time right now.
“There is no favorite. I’m just kind of keeping my options open,” he said. “I’m not quite sure when I’m going to make a decision. I just don’t want to make one too fast. I want to make sure I check out all of my options.”
Elliott boasts scholarship offers from Tech, Wake Forest and Old Dominion. A number of others – Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, Penn State and West Virginia were mentioned – are expressing serious interest.
“Recruiting has picked up a lot. I’m talking to a lot of coaches,” Elliott said. “I’m getting really big interest from NC State and Marshall. [Offers from those schools] should be coming in soon.”
Virginia Tech is a school Elliott knows very well. His parents, who both graduated from Tech, have taken him to Blacksburg many times. The 6’1.5”, 185-pound junior’s latest experience was another positive one.
“It was a great experience,” Elliott said. “I always know the environment is going to be good. The coaches are great. It was great to see the campus.”
The Skyhawks standout plans on visiting three more schools in the coming weekends, beginning with Wake Forest this weekend. He’ll then go to NC State on February 21 and Maryland on February 28. A trip to West Virginia may be in the works for March 15.
In addition to visiting colleges, Elliott plans spend his spring participating in combine events. As a quarterback and free safety he helped LC Bird capture the 2014 5A state championship. He is being recruited by all schools as an athlete, so during those combines he plans to participate as a wide receiver/defensive back.
“I want to show that I’m going to work hard and prove that I deserve to be on the field,” Elliott answered when asked what his goals are when he attends these combines. “There is not any type of hype. I’m going to work as hard as I can.”
Virginia Tech initially expressed interest in Elliott as a defensive back. Last weekend, though, primary recruiter Shane...
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