Over the past decade, Oregon has produced running backs such as Jonathan Stewart, LeGarrette Blount, LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, De’Anthony Thomas and Royce Freeman. Jamal Elliott is the next running back who hopes to add to the legacy of great runners at Oregon.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Elliott is a native of Durham, N.C., and has been committed to the Ducks since April. He is expected to sign with the Ducks on Wednesday, and reportedly intends to enroll early, per Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian.
Here is all you need to know about Oregon’s top RB commit in the Class of 2018:
4-star RB Jamal Elliott
247Sports composite ranking: No. 13 running back, No. 11 prospect in North Carolina, No. 266 overall
Hometown: Durham, N.C.
Weight: 180 pounds
Offers: 23, including North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, LSU, Louisville and others
Commitment: April 30, 2017
Senior season stats: Elliott played in only three games after suffering a sports hernia injury. He had 38 carries for 126 yards and a TD, and 13 receptions for 164 yards and 2 TDs.
Where he fits at Oregon: The Ducks will be without Royce Freeman, who ended his career with the most rushing yards in school history and the seventh most in FBS history. The Ducks have a stable of backs that will all contribute in 2018, including Tony Brooks-James, who is expected to be the lead back, but if Elliott can prove to be dynamic, Oregon will find a way to get him the ball as a freshman.