January 6, 2011

Florida OL on Spartan radar?

SpartanMag.com has learned that offensive lineman James Elliott of Pensacola Catholic High School in Florida is considering a possible visit to Michigan State. Elliott has an impressive list of scholarships and was selected to play in the National Underclassmen All-World Gridiron Classic. He participated in the Subway High School Football All-State Game that was held on December 17th

Elliott was a key member of Pensacola's Catholic run all the way to the Florida state semi-finals. He helped open holes for running back Marquis Sumler and protect quarterback Shaun White. Both Sumler and White are headed to Vanderbilt University to play football. Elliott, who was selected 1st Team All-Area by the Pensacola News Journal for his play, informed us that as of right now he is checking in at a solid 6-foot-4, 298-pounds.

For a long time Elliott was viewed as a strong lean to the Michigan Wolverines, but that scenario never materialized and Elliott is looking at a host of other programs including Michigan State. We asked Elliott about the Spartans and his plans for the month of January.

"Yes, they are one of the schools I am looking at," Elliott said. "I think I am going to set up an official visit to go see them. I am going to call the coaches there tomorrow. I am planning on getting all my visits for January set up tomorrow as well."

Elliott is listed as an offensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com, but that is not the position that most teams seem him playing at the next level. Most teams see him sliding inside and playing guard in college. Elliott already has a bench press of 350 pounds and squats 500 pounds. He has been clocked as fast as 4.7 seconds in the pro-shuttle.

Elliot got a chance to see the Spartans in action first hand this fall as he was unofficial visiting the Michigan the weekend Michigan State rolled over Wolverines by a score of 34-17. Elliott saw the Spartans pro-style attack roll up 249-rushing yards. No doubt the smash-mouth style the Spartans employed that day made an impact on Elliott. He talked about what the Spartan coaches have said they like about him.

"They said they really like how I move for a big guy," Elliott stated. "I also play basketball and that helps me stay quick."

Michigan State has an important official visit weekend starting on January 14th. SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Elliott and see if he is on campus for that weekend or if he schedules a visit on the 21st or 28th. Michigan State only has 5 or 6 scholarships spots left for the class of 2011 so space is limited and it could come down to a situation of who makes their college decision first..

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