June 27, 2011

CMU Interested in Bettis' Cousin

West Bloomfield running back Kimani Elliott, who recently transferred from Orchard Lake St Mary's, is starting to receive a lot of well-deserved attention. Elliott, listed at 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds can also play cornerback at the next level.

"I currently I have no offers. But I am receiving a lot of interest from Central Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Toledo, Bowling Green and Mississippi State. I want to find a program that helps an athlete in all aspects that trains you to go from high school to college athletics. I'm just looking for a place where I can get a good education and where I can feel comfortable."

Like many other prospects around the country, Elliott is making the rounds on the camp circuit this summer. He recently went to Central Michigan's camp, which was the first of many that he will attend.

"I felt like I did really well there. I got my best 40 time with a 4.47, which was really cool. Also, during the 1-on-1's, I felt good on the offensive side of the ball. The receivers coach liked the way I ran routes and all the extra stuff that I do to get better. Also, coach Cummings likes me as a slot receiver, but at Sound Mind Sound Body I was with the corners more. A lot of schools see me on offense, but it's split on those that like me on offense and those that like me on defense. I love Central. I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Coach Cummings is a really good guy."

While Central Michigan was the first camp that he attended, it will not be as last as his schedule remains busy for the rest of the summer.

"I attended Sound Mind Sound Body camp last week and Michigan State last Friday. I just went to Michigan's camp this week and I shut down the wide receivers in the 1-on-1's and 7-on-7's. Overall, the camp went well and the UM defensive backs coach had only good things to say about my performance. Now I am going to Tampa Bay and then Dallas for 7-on-7 Nationals. I will play on a great team with Dennis Norfleet, Leviticus Payne and Shane Morris. We have all grown really close. As a Michigan team, we just want to come out and leave an impression down there."

With all the camps that Elliott is going to attend, he will get the chance to display the type of player that he is and the kind of potential that he has. He will also be getting a great chance to improve his game as he heads toward his first offer and his senior season.

"I am really motivated, a team player, really agile and just a good overall player. I just want to continue getting bigger, stronger and better at whatever position I play. As a team, we want to shock the world. We are in the weight room getting stronger and out on the field working a lot, because we didn't have a great season last year. So we have a mentality where we think we have nothing to lose. Personally, I want to be All-State at whatever position I play."

As the process continues, Elliott will continue to evaluate schools and work hard, because he knows that offers will eventually come.

"I just want to work really hard. I want to go to camps to show off my game. I could get an offer soon as I have high interest from coaches at Central Michigan and Michigan State. I will continue to show my abilities. Once I am offered, I will go to school and decide what schools I like. I want to commit before the season starts, so that I can focus on my season and my academics if that is possible."

As Elliot's game develops, he will look for advice from his cousin Jerome Bettis and watch film of players like Barry Sanders.

"My cousin is Jerome Bettis. I like it when I get a chance to talk to him and get advice. I also like Barry Sanders and his style, so that helps me as a football player too."

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