Stock is high for Ezekiel Elliott

Running back Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs) enters the week with 19 offers, the latest coming this past week from Tennessee, Kansas and Penn State.

Elliott smiles when he thinks about how far he’s come from a recruiting perspective. It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of the year, he was without an offer. The day before signing day, Arkansas became the first to offer – and the offers have been rolling in since.

“At first, I was pretty skeptical, because things had slowed down after the season was over,” Elliott said. “I figured that schools were focused on 2012 [recruits], but when things slowed down, I was getting kind of scared.

“Getting that first offer from Arkansas felt good. It’s great to know I have so many options from places that want me to come play football.”

At 6-foot and 200 pounds, Elliott is one of the most sought-after running backs in Missouri as well as the region. He rushed for 1,802 yards and 34 touchdowns and averaged more than eight yards per carry. Elliott also caught 23 passes for 401 yards and six touchdowns. Additionally, Elliott served as a reliable special teams option.

Elliott is coming off a week where he chose not to take any college visits. The last five weekends prior, he’s visited Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri and Ohio State. Elliott has no timetable set on when he plans on making a decision, but he wants to make sure he weighs all options before choosing.

“Right now, I’m just trying to take as many looks as I can,” Elliott said. “I want to give everyone a fair look. I may try to narrow everything down probably sometime around the end of the spring.”