The Dallas Cowboys star was wanted as a defensive back by the Fighting Irish.
Ezekiel Elliott has become one of football’s greatest running backs, but he was once wanted as a defensive back.
The Dallas Cowboys’ star running back reminded everyone on Twitter this evening that Notre Dame was recruiting him as a potential safety.
Coming out of high school, Elliott was a 6-foot, 212-pound four-star all-purpose running back, ranked the No. 5 back in the 2013 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
He chose Ohio State over Missouri, but he said Notre Dame was at one point his “dream school.”
From a 2015 CSN Chicago story:
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott said Notre Dame was his “dream school.” The St. Louis native’s parents both liked what Notre Dame had to offer, especially from an academics standpoint.
So why didn’t the All-American running back wind up in South Bend?
“I kind of felt they wanted me to be more of a defensive player from the coaching staff,” Elliott said.
Notre Dame, Elliott said, wasn’t the only college program that wanted him to play defensive back. His recruitment came down to Ohio State and Missouri, two programs that would’ve had him play running back — “I wasn’t going to play defense in college,” Elliott said — and he hasn’t wavered on feeling like he made the right choice to head east down I-70 to Columbus.
To the schools who wanted Elliott as a defensive back: you screwed up.