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Hillside running back Jamal Elliott is one of the best young running backs in the state of North Carolina.  With a talent like Elliott right down the road, NC State didn’t waste anytime, and started recruiting him during his Freshman season.

“NC State wanted me to come up there when they played Florida St., and that’s when they really started recruiting me,” said Elliott. “I started going up and visiting some of their camps after that.  My coach told me they were showing me a lot of love.”

Elliott has visited NC State on numerous occasions, but his most recent visit was on July 24th for the Alpha Wolf Showcase that was held in the Close-King Indoor Facility.

“I’ve been to NC State a couple of times,” said Elliott. “The last time I visited was during a camp in the new indoor facility (Alpha Wolf Showcase).  They offered my cousin DaeShawn Stephens that night.”

Elliott’s cousin Stephens is a 2016 Wide Receiver who also plays for Hillside High.  Stephens didn’t waste anytime after receiving NC State’s offer.  He committed while he was on campus that night.

Elliott told me that his meeting with the NC State coaches that night went well.

“I talked with Coach Doeren, but mainly talked to Coach Kitchings,” said Elliott. “In the meeting we went over plays, and looked at what was right, and what was wrong.  It was a good meeting.”

A majority of NC State’s top recruiting targets, regardless of class, were in attendance at the Showcase, and Elliott enjoyed getting to rub shoulders with some of the best players in the country.

“I got to see some top players, and I also got to see some 2018 running backs,” said Elliott. “I got to meet the #3 running back in my class.  It was good to get to bond with them.”

Attending a college that is close to home is an important factor for many players, but not for Elliott.  He told me that he is looking forward to packing his bags.  Elliott holds offers from Boston College, Charlotte, Duke, Wake Forest, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Vanderbilt.  At this point NC State hasn’t offered yet, but if they did, they could cause the young man to reconsider his itch to travel.

“I’m not looking forward to staying home.  I’m looking to go far,” said Elliott. “If NC State offered, that would be a great offer.  Maybe they could change my mind.  You never know.”

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Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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