Elliott Explains Decision For Toledo

Cleveland (OH) Glenville star Jayrone Elliott has signed a letter of intent to play college football at Toledo. Elliott, one of the top defenders on the Tarblooders, chose the Rockets over Bowling Green, and is the highest-rated Toledo recruit for 2010. Bill Greene has the inside on Elliott's decision.

Cleveland (OH) Glenville star defensive end Jayrone Elliott has signed a letter of intent to attend Toledo, to play college football. Elliott signed with Toledo on National Signing Day.

"I was really torn between Toledo and Bowling Green, and after talking it over with my mom, I selected Toledo," Elliott said of his selection. "I have family in Toledo, and we just felt it was the best place for me to go to school. I want to thank Bowling Green for recruiting me, because I liked them a lot, as well."

Elliott, 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, was a terror from his defensive end position for Glenville, but a position switch is probably in order with the Rockets.

"They are recruiting me to play linebacker," he explained. "It is a combination defensive end-linebacker spot, and they call it the "Leo" position. I will be standing up, with the ability to rush the passer. I want to get up to 225-pounds before I get there."

Elliott has a plan for his educational pursuit at Toledo as well, and credits his high school coach, Ted Ginn, for the guidance he received.

"I want to be an elementary teacher one day," he said emphatically. "I think I can help make a difference in the younger kid's lives. I know growing up, I didn't have any male influence in my life, and I would have loved to have had a male teacher in the early years. Some kids need a father figure in their lives."

"I discovered how important that is when I met Coach (Ted) Ginn, and he has helped me so much," he stressed. "He taught me about life, and to realize that it isn't always about yourself. What this program is about is giving back, and that's what I want to with my life. I want to come back to Cleveland and teach kids, in kindergarten through third grade."

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