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Football Recruiting
Report: Top OSU Commit to Visit Missouri
By Brandon Castel

As first reported by 247 Sports, and eventually confirmed by other recruiting outlets, Ohio State commit Ezekiel Elliott is planning to take an official visit to Missouri this weekend.

This is an interesting development for two reasons. First, Elliott is from John Burroughs High School in St. Louis and he is considered to be far and away the top senior prospect in the state of Missouri. 

He committed to the Buckeyes back in December and the U.S. Army All-American has been solid with his decision ever since. Along with Jalin Marshall, Elliott represents of the two offensive playmakers in Ohio State’s 2013 class who could come in and contribute right away.

After posting over 2,200 yards of offense and 40 touchdowns as a junior, Elliott posted similar eye-popping numbers as a senior in 2012. He ran for over 2,100 yards and scored 50 touchdowns, including 40 on the ground and six as a returner. The 4-star prospect recently picked up an offer from Texas this week to go with others he has from places like Arkansas, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and UCLA.

None of them really seemed to capture Elliott’s attention, but that was before Ohio State started actively pursuing tailback Dontre Wilson, a former Chip Kelly commit out of DeSoto, Tex.

Elliott has given no indication that Urban Meyer’s sudden interest in Wilson is causing him to second-guess his commitment to Ohio State, but it may have opened the door for him to take one last look at the hometown school.

The visit is not off the books, meaning Meyer and the other OSU coaches are aware of his plans for the weekend, but it doesn’t sound like many people are worried Elliott might make a last-minute switch to play for the Tigers.

At least not yet.

Wilson is still committed to Oregon, but indications out of Texas have Ohio State at least tied with the Ducks for the 4-star tailback who put up staggering numbers of his own as a senior this past season.

The 5-10, 180-pound back rushed for almost 1,900 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior. He also caught close to 40 passes for 750 yards and nine more scores, while helping DeSoto reach the Division 5A state championship game.

The Buckeyes would love to come away with Marshall, Elliott and Wilson in this class, but now Meyer has to make sure he keeps his own commitments in the fold until National Signing Day.

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