Ezekiel Elliott was considered the top overall recruit in the state of Missouri for 2013, and Gary Pinkel has had a knack for keeping the top players home. However, the star running back ended up signing with Ohio State, where he had been committed since last April.
That’s not interesting, but one of the reasons he chose Ohio State is.
Elliot and his family recently did an interview with Ohio State’s Scout.com affiliate Buckeye Sports Bulletin, and he and his father explained the ‘lack of local media coverage’ helped sway Elliot away from Missouri.
Ari Wasserman, writer for Buckeye Sports Bulletin, posted a portion of the interview on the site’s board, via the Columbia Tribune:
“Mizzou lacked the same type of influence Ohio State had,” Wasserman wrote. “They used Elliott’s multiple visits to Mizzou and the fact that nobody wrote about it as an example. Stacy Elliott admitted that the passion, the coverage and just the overall following at Ohio State blows Mizzou out of the water. For the coverage part, you’re welcome :) The Elliotts admit to still being blown away by how much support there is for the program. No matter where they go, people recognize Elliott.”
Amidst all the championships, promised playing time, depth charts and college girls, writers and journalists apparently have just as big of an effect on a prospect’s decision.
Sure, I’ve seen before where a media outlet reports a commitment before the recruit wants it public or before a coach will accept it, and it made an impact on the prospect’s final destination. But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a recruit not commit because of the lack of media hype surrounding his visits.
Missouri’s lack of media coverage did not effect my college decision
— #⃣1⃣5⃣ Ezekiel(@EzekielElliott) March 6, 2013
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