Top 20 Ole Miss Targets: #16 Cornelius Elder

Cornelius Elder

Running Back

Ensworth High School

Nashville, Tenn.

5’11 170 Lbs. (per Rivals.com)


Rivals: 4 star #9 position (listed as an athlete)

Scout: 4 star #35 position

ESPN: 4 star #19 position


Other notable offers: UCLA (visited), Ohio State (scheduled visit), Auburn, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vanderbilt


2013 depth at running back: Peyton Barber (commit), Mark Dodson Jr. (commit), Eugene Brazley (commit), I’Tavius Mathers (So.), Jaylen Walton (So.), Nic Parker (Jr.), Jeff Scott (Sr.)


Scouting report: Elder has the innate ability to see a developing path for himself as he gets past the first level, becoming the epitome of a home run threat. The one problem that he has with field vision is due to the fact that he is so fast and has such a talented offensive line, he diagnoses a hole too early and does not let the play develop. Holes have been there for him in high school, but he will need to be more patient in college. Eerily reminiscent of Dexter McCluster, Elder seems faster in pads than he does in his 40 time. He has one of the best accelerations in this recruiting class and gets to the second level very easily. Tacklers have a hard time bringing him down because of his incredible agility, athleticism, and body control. Elder is dynamic in space and any team that runs a spread option would have their ideal back in Elder.



Likelihood of signing with Ole Miss: Despite reported interest in Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech, it appears to be down to three schools for Elder: UCLA, Ohio State, and Ole Miss. Elder is also a very talented basketball player and he will be playing both sports at whichever school he picks. That may put Ole Miss at a disadvantage as UCLA and Ohio State are much more prolific basketball schools and have each turned out their share of good point guards.All three of his schools already have quality running back commits so competition appears to be no problem. Ole Miss suits him best for his skill set, something that he’s definitely considering. Ohio State appears to be the leader with UCLA a close second, Ole Miss is the third team out at this point, about a 10 percent chance of becoming a Rebel.


Rankings thus far:

16. Corn Elder

17. Christian Morris

18. Lavon Hooks

19. Dan Skipper

20. Duke Riley

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