Columbia — With all 20 commitments already signed, sealed and delivered to Missouri, only one more player looms as a potential addition to the Tigers' Class of 2013, and he's arguably the biggest one.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
His name is Ezekiel Elliott, a four-star running back from John Burroughs High School in St. Louis. Elliott combines blazing speed and shiftiness, and has long been a commitment to Urban Meyer and Ohio State. However, both his parents went to Missouri – his father, Stacy, played football – and he was given the Dorial Green-Beckham treatment during an official visit to Missouri a few weekends ago.
Elliott has tweeted out that he will decide between Missouri and Ohio State today at 4 p.m., though he's never officially decommitted from Ohio State. Few seem to know what Elliott will do, though his Twitter bio still reads "Football Commit to THE Ohio State from STL, MO."
So I caught up with ESPN recruiting expect Jeremy Crabtree, who has been following high school recruiting in Missouri for years, and asked him what he made of the situation. ESPN lists Elliott as the No. 1 player in the state of Missouri, the No. 11 player at his position and the No. 109 player in the country.
"A lot of people are asking if I think he'll flip," Crabtree began. "My head tells me that, based on the info we've gotten from sources in Columbia and Columbus, he ends up sticking with Ohio State. But my gut tells me it wouldn't be a surprise to see him flip. He has family ties at Missouri, he took that late visit...I know the family would love to see him closer to home."
There is a belief that the Buckeyes' recent recruitment of DeSoto, Tex., four-star running back Dontre Wilson - who committed to Ohio State on Monday - could make Elliott reconsider his commitment to the Buckeyes.
But Crabtree said Wilson, who is listed at 5-feet-10, 174 pounds, is a different type of player than Elliott, one who could thrive in the dual-purpose slot receiver role that Percy Harvin made famous under Meyer at Florida.
"I think Dontre is that type of kid," Crabtree said. "And OSU does use people at that position."
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