Cornelius Elder has produced on both sides of the football and players with his abilities are always coveted recruits. According to Elder's Twitter account, Miami has beaten out the competition to get this talented prospect's signature:
247Sports' composite rankings have Elder as a 4-star recruit. He is listed as the seventh-best all-purpose athlete and the No. 198 overall prospect in the 2013 class. His profile also notes that he is the fourth-best recruit coming out of Tennessee this year.
Ohio State, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Alabama were believed to be his most likely destinations among the 14 programs that made him an offer. It's no surprise he garnered so much attention from these top programs, either.
The Nashville-based prospect played running back and defensive back for Ensworth High. At 5'10" and 165 pounds, he has the frame to excel in the backfield or the secondary for the Hurricanes.
Check out these highlights from his sophomore year, courtesy of 247Sports Studio via YouTube:
Elder’s abilities on offense earned him recognition this season, being named the top back in Division II-AA at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards. The O-Zone’s Tony Gerdeman notes that he has racked up an incredible 6,351 yards and 84 touchdowns during his high school career.
Elder ensured that statistics were not his only legacy at Ensworth. He delivered a 217-yard, three-touchdown performance last month in the Division II-AA title game to bring a third consecutive state championship to his alma mater.
However, Elder’s winning ways weren’t merely on the gridiron either, as he won the state tournament MVP award while leading Ensworth to state titles in basketball in both his sophomore and junior years, as noted by The Tennessean's Chip Cirillo (via USA Today). He certainly has the talent to be a two-sport athlete at the collegiate level.
Elder is a remarkable athlete whose physical gifts allow him to be a dangerous playmaker. There are no limits to his potential due to his incredible abilities.