ACC: Cornelius Elder

Miami rises up recruiting rankings

February, 20, 2013
Thanks to two post-signing day pickups, Miami has moved up the latest ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings to No. 15, six spots higher than they were three weeks ago.

The Hurricanes recently signed ESPN 150 tight end Derrick Griffin, the No. 1 prospect at his position. He flipped his commitment from Texas A&M and signed Tuesday, and will reportedly play both football and basketball for Miami.

They also signed ESPN 300 running back Cornelius Elder, a four-star athlete out of Nashville, Tenn. Miami has now signed 19 to the class of 2013, including seven ranked in the ESPN 150 and eight overall in the ESPN 300. That is especially impressive, considering the NCAA investigation that has loomed over the program throughout the recruiting process.

Miami's move up means a few ACC teams moved down. Virginia Tech dropped one spot to No. 20, and North Carolina moved down one spot to No. 21.

Miami adds another to 2013 class

February, 13, 2013
Miami added a surprise Insider to its 2013 class, announcing Wednesday it had signed ESPN 300 running back Cornelius Elder.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete from The Ensworth School in Nashville rushed for 2,618 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior in 2012. He finished his prep football career with 6,351 rushing yards, 84 touchdowns and three consecutive state titles. The No. 2 prospect on The Tennessean Dandy Dozen was named Mr. Football Back of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Elder, who also is a standout basketball player, had previously said he would announce his decision Feb. 20, and would choose between Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Auburn. He also had a basketball scholarship offer from Purdue.

But in making his choice Wednesday, Elder said on his Twitter account, "Just committed to the university of Miami been my favorite school since I was little #blessed glad this over with."

Miami now has signed 18 players to its 2013 class.
Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) is an athlete. Unlike most football players given that label, Elder does not know which sport he will play at the next level, let alone which position.

Basketball is Elder's first love, but a number of ACC, Big East and SEC programs have been offering him scholarships to play on the gridiron.

And yes, he is an "athlete" in the football sense, too, as programs see him as a slot receiver and as a cornerback.

"When I get the ball in the open field, I know I can create and get the crowd going and get my team going," he said. "On defense, I can do the same thing, so either way."

To read more on Elder, check out colleague Dave Hooker's story.