TomVH: OL James Elliott Visit Update

Submitted by TomVH on August 15th, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Florida offensive lineman James Elliott (6'4", 305/Pensacola) is on his way back from an unofficial visit up to Ann Arbor this weekend. He went up to Michigan expecting to see a great place, and possibly a little help in making his decision. It sounds like he got more than what his expectations were set at.

TOM: How did the visit go?

JAMES: Man, that was the most amazing school I've ever seen in person.

TOM: It went that well?

JAMES: We actually stayed a little longer than expected just so we could see everything, and meet Coach Rodriguez. We didn't realize he was in Seattle, so we wanted to stay to meet him. We got to see practice and talk with him about the visit. It was just great.

TOM: What specifically has you so amazed?

JAMES: One thing that did it for me was the players. Every time I met one, they would tell me about themselves, and where they were from. They found out I was from Florida, and they all went crazy. I met some kids from Pahokee, which is a school we played in the playoffs. It was cool to see how all the players were so nice like that.

TOM: What about Coach Frey? I know your current coach is friends with him, how was it being with him?

JAMES: I got to see him, that was great. I also got to be around the offensive linemen which was really cool. Instead of taking breaks, sometimes they would just stay and talk to me instead, which was crazy.

TOM: The players and the coaches seemed to win you over, was there anything about the campus that stood out?

JAMES: They just started a new thing with a chaplin, and he said things are really changing around there. That was unbelievable to me. My mom and I are very spiritual people, so that was great to see. They have a Christian athletic group there, and they give you time to do bible work, and that's really important to me. Also, the That place is unreal. They just put in the new turf, and it looks great. It was unbelievable being in that place. Everything about the stadium was awesome.

TOM: You already have an offer from Michigan, so what's next?

JAMES: Well, Coach Frey Coach Smith have approved my offer, so now I have to wait for Coach Rodriguez to approve it. Once he does that, we'll go from there. 



August 15th, 2010 at 5:21 PM ^

"Man, that was the most amazing school I've ever seen in person."

I haven't heard that in a while from any recruits.. Wow. You think he wants to commit Tom? The last sentence there worries me. The same thing with "approving" happened with Kitchen, so I'm assuming they're waiting to see what happens with other o-line targets?

J. Lichty

August 15th, 2010 at 6:48 PM ^

If RR thinks he is a plan B, then you probably don't want him taking up a spot if there are bigger targets still in the game.  I am not saying that is the case with Elliott (I like the Frey connection and would think that Frey would only be interested if he thinks that Elliott would help), but I am going to trust the coaches on this one.

Maize.Blue Wagner

August 15th, 2010 at 5:22 PM ^

Great update as always Tom.  It's always a neat perspective to see how these visits transpire.  I love how enthusiastic the other players are. 

I hope this kid will continue the tradition of great Offensive Linemen named Elliott at U-M. 


August 15th, 2010 at 5:23 PM ^

I don't pay to much attention to star ratings, but is this a potential starter type of player at Michigan? I ask because the class is getting pretty full on the O line, and we still have some prospects available.


Tom thanks for the update.



August 15th, 2010 at 5:25 PM ^

... interesting way of structuring offers these days.  Maybe to make it clear what the difference is between a commitable and non-commitable offer.  Sort of like a promise ring, I guess. 

Maize n Blue

August 15th, 2010 at 5:35 PM ^

It's great to see someone so impressed with their visit to Ann Arbor. I would be interested to know what other schools he's taken visits to. Among his listed offers I see schools like FIU, Kentucky, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, South Alabama, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette, etc.

Being a NR OL, will Rich Rod hold off on approving this offer until the Anthony Zettels of the class make a decision?


August 15th, 2010 at 6:05 PM ^

illustrates what we have at Michigan, the type of players lead by a great coach and staff.  He'll be here a long time in my opinion.  A chaplain nice


August 15th, 2010 at 6:49 PM ^

...Tom. As always you come through with the goods.

This is why you don't start threads asking for info on visits. If you're patient, you'll get this.


August 15th, 2010 at 7:16 PM ^

Why does the 2011 recruiting board have Elliot listed as from PA?  Great enthusiasm, I think he may favor us at this point.  He has good size too, but there may be bigger fish to finish out the OL than a 2* recruit.


August 15th, 2010 at 7:52 PM ^

Omameh may be the starter this year, but we have no clue how he'll perform.  Ergo, it's not fair to trot out Omameh as an example of a 2-star that panned out when we've yet to see him really play.


August 15th, 2010 at 8:33 PM ^

Omameh performed well enough to start several games as a freshman, and to (presumably) lock up a guard spot as a sophomore.  So even if he doesn't turn into Steve Hutchinson, it's safe to say that he has already far exceeded the expectations for the average 2-star.

Garvie Craw

August 15th, 2010 at 8:49 PM ^

If Elliott were to commit, would there be no room for Cyrus Hobbi or Chris Bryant? They both sounded like more highly sought after recruits. There is something to be said, however, for the kid's enthusiasm. You want kids who really want to be Wolverines.  


August 15th, 2010 at 9:48 PM ^

While I'm sure he is a very nice kid who may indeed turn into an excellent player, I just don't understand why we are competing with Army, Buffalo and Florida Atlantic for recruits. 


August 16th, 2010 at 10:15 AM ^

Really?  How much better?  I didn't feel like typing in all the world-beaters we're up against like:

Iowa St, Kentucky, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kansas (wait, are they the "better" program?), Memphis, Vandy, etc.


August 16th, 2010 at 11:07 AM ^

Seems like a great kid that has a ton of love for Michigan. I would definitely like adding him to this class. I trust the coaching staff with the rest of the offensive line recruiting and they will make it work with the rest of our targets.