Gary Pinkel and the Mizzou Tigers have done a really good job of keeping the best kids from the area in state for the Class of 2013. The one that got away, may have been the most talented. About ten months ago, Ezekiel Elliot made a pledge to Ohio State.
Back in November, a source told USATodayHSS.com that the door may not be totally closed for Mizzou. The source said Elliott, whose parents both went to Mizzou, would probably listen but was concerned with the backlash from the Ohio State fan base, if he did indeed look around.
Elliott made his official visit to Mizzou this past weekend and according to his father, it couldn't have went better. The highlight for Elliott was the "M-I-Z, E-Z-E" chant at the basketball game.
Mizzou is trying to sell Elliott on the Jeremy Maclin story. Maclin was originally committed to Oklahoma before flipping to Missouri and we all know how that turned out.
While Elliott was at Missouri this weekend, another big time running back named Dontre Wilson was visiting Columbus. A source told USATodayHSS.com that Wilson's visit has caused a little tension between Elliott and Ohio State.
The new offensive coordinator for Mizzou has also thrown a wrinkle in to Elliott's decision. Mizzou has told Elliott that Josh Henson's offense will be more tailored to the running back than in years past.
Stacy Elliott, Ezekiel's father, says his son's head is spinning and he is slept the entire car ride home.
If he were to flip, we expect the decision to come before National Signing Day on February 6th.