Before dinner the Buckeyes had already had what coach Urban Meyer had called “a great, not good day”. The Ohio State coaching staff got the icing on the cake with St. Louis native Ezekiel Elliot.
Elliot is 6’0″ and between 190 and 200 pounds. He runs a 4.42 40 yard dash, and had 1,800 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving and 40 touchdowns his junior year. As a senior he rushed for another 1,400 yards and an astonishing 16.26 yards per carry. He ran for 29 touchdowns as a senior.
Urban Meyer said of Elliot that he had a different body type and running style than any other back on the roster. While he has the speed to pull away, he also is a physical runner.
The Buckeyes had the 1st or 2nd rated class by all the major outlets, including ESPN, Scout and Rivals.
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