Jalen Elliott made a return trip to Virginia Tech earlier this month. As has been the case with previous visits to Blacksburg, the experience was a good one for the L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA) junior.
“It’s always a good time coming to Tech,” said Elliott, a defensive back/wide receiver target of the Hokies. Elliott, whose parents both graduated from Virginia Tech, has been visiting Blacksburg throughout his life.
“I was able to interact with the coaches and players. It was good talking to Coach Gray. It’s always a family atmosphere, and I know they want me to come play for them.”
Elliott spoke with head coach Frank Beamer while on the trip. What was Coach Beamer’s message to the 6’1”, 185-pound prospect?
“Coach Beamer was just saying to let them know as soon as possible [if he wanted to commit],” Elliott said. “If they can’t get me, they’d like to try and get other guys. They didn’t push me… I understand where they are coming from.”
When might a decision come?
“I really want to make a decision before the season starts this year, so probably late summer,” Elliott said. “It’s a really hard process. I want to make sure I explore my options. I don’t want to de-commit. I’m a man of my word and I want to make sure I make the right decision.”
While leaving Virginia Tech, Elliott scored a scholarship offer from the University of Georgia. Georgia becomes the first SEC program to offer the Skyhawks standout, who has also received scholarship offers from Tech, Marshall, NC State, Old Dominion and Wake Forest.
“It was a blessing,” Elliott said of the UGA offer. “I was a surprise. I’d only talked to Coach (Thomas) Brown once before, but I was definitely thankful. It’s good to know my hard work pays off. I’m going to keep working and pushing.”
Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have been represented at Bird High School since Wednesday, which marked the beginning of the Spring Evaluation Period for FBS programs. Elliott expects coaches from Maryland, Notre Dame and Ohio State to stop by his school next Tuesday. On Sunday, the versatile talent will head to Clifton, Virginia, for a Nike Football Training Camp.
“I’ll be working with the defensive backs all during the days, but I’ll do some wide receiver in one-on-ones,” said Elliott, who plays...
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