Ezekiel Elliot is a 4 star football recruit running back. He is 6-foot-0 and 212 pounds. He runs a 4.40 40 yard dash. He is an Ohio State verbal commitment. Well, maybe not anymore.
Elliot’s parents were both star athletes at the University of Missouri. Elliot made an official visit to Missouri this past weekend. Ezekiel’s father, Stacy, was a linebacker for Missouri in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His mother, Dawn, was a heptathlete at Missouri. Since making the official visit Elliot hasn’t mentioned the Ohio State Buckeyes or even talked recruiting. They only thing that he has made public is this tweet,”I will not be doing any interviews until Feb 6th on signing day.”My signing ceremony is at my school at 3 p.m.. Everyone come out.” Vague to say the least.
The issue is where does he want to be on the depth chart as a freshman, and how important are family ties to him. In Missouri Elliot could possibly be the feature back or at worse 2nd string. At Ohio State he will be most likely 3rd on the depth chart behind Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall. Though his size and speed my leap him over Hall in the depth chart. As for family ties, only Elliot knows how important that is to him.
Also how important is a chance at a National Championship, or for that matter exposure. Ohio State is a media powerhouse, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd once said that ESPN gives Ohio State $50 million worth of free advertising. Now I do not know how accurate that number is but I am guessing he is close. Ohio State is everywhere you look, all across the country. They play “The Game“, they are “Thee Ohio State University” and they have the “Best Damn Band in the Land“. Missouri does play in the SEC, the winner of the last 25,000 National championships. That is a Plus and a minus though. Yes it is the best conference but Missouri is not Alabama, LSU, Florida, or even fellow ex-BIG 12 alum Texas A&M. They are middle of the pack at best.
Then we have the men recruiting Elliot Urban Meyer and Gary Pinkel. Both men have known success since their MAC days. Meyer though has two national championships on his resume, and a few other BCS victories. Pinkel’s best season was 2007. He had coached the Tigers to a 11-1 record, a number 1 ranking and headed for the BCS National Championship game. They didn’t make the Championship game or any BCS bowl as they were rolled by Oklahoma, for a second time that season, in the BIG 12 Championship game, 38-17. Pinkel has never guided any team to a BCS game, while Meyer has 4 BCS games to his credit, and if Ohio State was on punishment from the NCAA he would have most likely coached his 5th this season and possibly won another National Championship, as Ohio State ended the season as the only undefeated team.
Still with all these things favorably on Ohio State’s side Elliot’s visit to Missouri and lack of mentioning Ohio State is unnerving to Meyer and Buckeye fans alike. Elliot is an elite player with a skill set that is tailor-made for Meyer’s offense. Losing out on him would be a huge blow to Ohio State’s number 4 ranked recruiting class. The choice is Elliot’s and we will all find out on Feb. 6th at 3p.m. cst. By Steve Kish