December 8, 2009

Elliott still on the radar?

Elliott still on the radar?

One of the top uncommitted defensive end prospects in the Midwest for the class of 201 is Jayrone Elliott of Cleveland Glenville High School. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound pass rush specialist had an outstanding senior year for the Tarblooders and is now set to turn his focus toward recruiting. caught up with the 3-star defensive end and has the latest.

Michigan State was one of the first major programs to offer Elliott and Spartan Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi has been in regular contact throughout the last 12 months. Elliott was able to camp at Michigan State this summer. He indicated that he liked what he saw in East Lansing and they are viewed as one of his favorites.

"It was real nice there," he said, "The campus was beautiful and they have nice facilities."

Glenville High School had an incredible season this past fall. They came within 1 point of becoming the first Cleveland Public school to win the State Championship. They lost to Hilliard Davidson by a score of 16-15. HDHS scored a touchdown and 2pt conversion with 1 minute left to snatch victory from the Tarblooders. Despite the heartbreaking defeat, Elliott was able to put the teams season into perspective.

"We had a great season filled with a lot of accomplishments," he stated.
Elliott was one of the key players in Glenville's historic run to the final. He amassed incredible stats from his defensive end spot. On the season he racked up 95 tackles and 17 sacks. He made it a habit to spend plenty of time in the opponent's backfield no matter if they were a running or passing team. For his efforts, Elliott was named 3rd team All-Ohio.

With a dozen quality scholarship offers on the table and his season now complete, Elliott is getting ready to turn his focus toward recruiting. asked him about his plans.
"I am going to set up some visit. Michigan state and Cincinnati are two schools I would really like to visit."

Ironically the Spartans and Bearcats were both led by defensive end prospect that were recruited by Mark Dantonio. Trevor Anderson, who followed Coach Dantonio from Cincinnati, was the Spartans top defensive end the past two seasons, and Curtis Young who went to Glenville was recruited to the Bearcats by Coach Dantonio back in 2004. Young had the 2nd most TFL's for the Bearcats this fall.

Earlier this year the Spartans hosted Elliott's' teammates Latwan Anderson and Christian Bryant on official visits. Young did not make the trip due to taking the SAT that weekend. Young has been working hard this year on his academics so that he makes sure he becomes a full qualifier. We asked him how things are going in the classroom

"My grades are improving every marking period. I am working hard, he said."

Like may athletes, Elliott dug himself a bit of a hole early on in high school and now he is working to get his GPA where it needs to be. If he keeps up the hard work, he should become a full qualifier as Elliott certainty has the aptitude.

A few weeks ago it was unclear if the Spartans would have room to take another defensive end, but the recent changes in the roster have opened up some scholarship room. Don't be surprised if the Spartans look to host Elliott on an official visit sometime in January.

If scholarship numbers workout, Mark Dantonio would certainly like to have more than one Glenville star sign with Michigan State come February. will be sure to keep in contact with Elliott over the coming weeks.

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