Catching Up with Ezekiel Elliott: Committed

By Alex on April 3, 2012 at 9:51a
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So happy togetherElliott couldn't pass up the chance to be Urbanized

Unless you were hiding in a hole of depression on Sunday after Saturday's Final Four loss, you found out on Sunday that Ezekiel Elliott had committed to Ohio State, becoming the sixth member of the class of 2013.

Elliott (6-0/195/4.4) made the verbal pledge upon returning home to St. Louis, Missouri after his second trip to Columbus. While he had a good feeling after his first trip to OSU, Elliott wanted to get a more in-depth look at the university, including the academics, before making a decision, and he obviously saw a few things he liked as he left campus knowing he wanted to be a Buckeye.

The John Burroughs star is expected to be a dynamic player for Ohio State and has gotten a lot of love from scouting services across the country thus far. He is rated as the #9 running back by Scout, the #20 running back by Rivals, and the #31 back by 247. Last season as a junior, he rushed for 1,802 yards on 211 carries (8.5 ypc) with 34 touchdowns, while also catching 23 passes for 401 yards and 6 touchdowns through the air, and returning 11 punts for 282 yards (25.6 avg) with 2 scores on special teams. His team lost for the second consecutive year in the state championship game, but as you can see, Elliott certainly wasn't the reason why.

We got the chance to sit down with the newest Buckeye to discuss his visit to Ohio State, what made him pull the trigger, what other recruits he is trying to bring in, and more. Join us after the jump to learn more about the newest member of Buckeye Nation, Ezekiel Elliott.

You obviously went to Ohio State this past weekend. Break down the trip for us.

I went with my family to Columbus and we got in on Friday. We took a tour of campus, met with the medical school as I am considering going pre-med, saw two spring practices, got to hang out with a bunch of the players, and got to talk to all the coaches. It was a great time.

The trip resulted in you committing to the Buckeyes. When did you tell the coaches of your decision? What did they say when you committed?

I called them on Sunday when I got back home in Missouri. I wanted to take the day on Sunday to just let things soak in and be sure I was making the right decision and not let the emotions of being on campus make the decision for me. Once I knew I definitely was sure of my decision, I called Coach Meyer and told him I wanted to be a Buckeye. He said he was relieved and was very happy. He put the other coaches on the phone and they were really happy as well.

This was your second trip to Ohio State. Did you know after the first time this was the place you would end up?

I had a feeling after the first visit, but I really only got to see the football side then. This time I got to see everything else the university had to offer and I just knew I wanted to be a Buckeye after seeing all of that.

Your parents were with you this weekend. How do they feel about your decision?

I went with my mom, my dad, and my two sisters. They all loved it and are 100% on board with my decision. Even though both of my parents went to Missouri, they know Ohio State provides me exactly what I am looking for as a student athlete and are proud of my decision.

How did the coaches say they were going to use you at Ohio State? Did they tell you anything about recruiting other running backs in this class?

They said they would use me a little bit like they used Percy Harvin in the sense that I would be a guy who both runs the ball and catches some passes as a receiver. I do a lot of that in high school and I feel that is one of my strengths. As for other running backs, the staff told me they were planning on taking only one in our class, so I guess this could be it.

What players did you get to hang out with while you were in Columbus? Did you get to meet any of the other recruits that were there?

I hung out with Ryan Shazier and Braxton Miller the most out of the guys that are already there. I also got to be with the 2012 commits like Noah Spence, David Perkins, Cam Williams, and Armani Reeves and they were pretty cool. As for my class, I was with Cam Burrows and Jalin Marshall all weekend and we had a great time. I became good friends with Alex Anzalone and I know he feels pretty strongly about the Buckeyes. He was talking about visiting again for the Spring Game and I am definitely going to try and help recruit him. Also, a 2014 offensive lineman, Andy Bauer, who is also from Missouri was there. We train together at home so I know him pretty well and I know he likes OSU a lot. He's a really good player and I am definitely going to try and get him to be a Buckeye.

Are you 100% done with your decision? Will you take any visits to other schools? When do you plan to enroll at OSU? Do you plan to visit OSU again?

Yes, I'm done and will not take any other visits. I won't be enrolling early, so I guess I'll be there next June. Unfortunately I can't visit Columbus again this spring because of track, but I'd like to get back there as soon as I can in the summer.

What are your strengths on the field? What do you want to get better at?

My strengths are that I love running the ball and using my vision. I use the whole field and with my vision I am able to make cuts to help me make big plays. A couple of things I want to work on are pass protection and catching the ball as a receiver since I will be doing that a lot in college. My coach is going to talk to Coach Meyer and see what they want me to work on and get more details on how we plans to use me so that we can work some of that into our season this year.

What are your goals for your senior season? What are your goals for Ohio State?

My high school team lost in the state championship the last two years, so my goal is to win the championship and bring home that plaque this year. We lost some good players and some veteran leadership, but we have the play makers on our team to step up and get us back there. As for OSU, every running back dreams of one day winning the Heisman Trophy so that would be nice, but more importantly I want to win national championships while I am there and I think we have a pretty good chance to do that.

Finally, now that you're committed, what do you want to say to Buckeye fans?

I'm just glad to be welcomed and a part of Buckeye Nation and I'm proud to be a Buckeye.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Interesting what he said about 'telling him they were only talking one running back'. I think the assumption all along has been that they wanted at least 2 in this class, right?

bassplayer7770's picture

Ezekial sounds like a great kid, and I am happy to welcome him to Buckeye Nation.

Alex, you misspelled Cam's last name.  I think you had John Burroughs on your mind.  ;-p

Alex's picture

I did...haha thanks

Buckeye in Athens's picture

" As for other running backs, the staff told me they were planning on taking only one in our class, so I guess this could be it." 

...well, news to us I guess. 

Alex's picture

Yeah I mean I still they they'd take two....Elliott will be used in the slot in addition to being a back...Derrick Green can pound the rock....would love the combo

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Jordan Hall 2.0, the speed edition. 

Alex's picture

the better coming out of high school edition

ThirdLegLouie's picture

"they were planning" = past tense

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KJR10's picture

I like this kids hands.

 

Jdadams01's picture

Sounds like a good kid. Can definitely relate to how he fell in love with the whole school, not just the football program.

Jangs78's picture

Ezekiel seems like a great kid....cant wait to see him in Scarlet and Gray!  Love that he's already talking about helping recruit a couple other studs.  Gotta love the firm commitment!

FLBuckeye's picture

Honestly I think he may have misinterpreted what they said. I bet it was more along the lines of, "We'll only take one more." Just my best guess though.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

I think I'm most pumped about this kid wanting to help recruit. That def helps with other recruits esp if they respect his skillz. yes with a z lol

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hodge's picture

Maybe one day his skillz will pay the billz?

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome aboard triple E!!!! Looking forward to those long runs in the Shoe!!!

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Scott K's picture

That #2 Jersey I picked up off the Kohl's clearance rack for $8 is looking better every day...

Welcome to the family EE!

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Jdadams01's picture

Rod Smith and Christian Bryant both rock it currently.

BuckeyeJim's picture

With the posting on YouTube by EE, do you think he will still be a Buckeye? This scares the crap out of me.

Jdadams01's picture

Yes. It would be a violation for the staff to post that publicly, but EE...I don't know. At most it's a secondary violation, which every school has every year.

FortMeyer's picture

What? What posting are you referring to Jim?

FortMeyer's picture

Did EE post the Archie/Gene video to youtube?

ThirdLegLouie's picture

No, EE did NOT post that video. Bryce Teagan did on this channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/bryceteagan

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
FortMeyer's picture

Thank you ThirdLegLouie, much appreciated!

BuckeyeJim's picture

Thanks from me too. I got too jumpy and made some assumptions. I trust Urban. I trust Urban. I trust Urban. I trust Urban.

Idaho Helga's picture

I trust Urban. Gosh, is this repetitive?

pcon258's picture

I've got kind of an off-topic question. Are all these visits paid for by the school? I assume the official visits are, but I don't have any clue with regards to unofficial visits. I'm sure its not cheap to head up from Missouri, so I imagine someones bankrolling these visits, or else I doubt recruits would be heading out here quite so often.

M tots's picture

Not 100% sure on this, but I think that's (one of?) the main difference(s?) between an unofficial and official visit.  An unofficial is paid for by the recruit, while an official is paid for by the university.

Alex's picture

Official visits are paid for by the school with limitations (flights, hotel rooms, meals etc all have regulations)...Unofficial visits are completely on the recruit's own dime

pcon258's picture

excellent, thanks for the clarification. if i were a high profile recruit, i would take all my officials to hawaii. i would go there five times. and it would be GLORIOUS

UABuckeye's picture

Do we have any shot at Ty Issac?

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Alex's picture

Not really...Michigan, ND, or USC I'd say

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I sure hope USC gets him. 

FortMeyer's picture

Sounds like a terrific kid with a great attitude. Take a team full of guys like that anytime.