LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Trae Elston, a four-star prospect from Oxford (Ala.), is playing defensive back in this week's Under Armour All-America game, but given a choice he'd rather line up at receiver in college.
"I started off as a receiver," Elston told Rivals.com "My coach moved me to defense my 10th-grade year. I played mostly defense 10th grade. Junior and senior year, I played offense. I like that better."
While some schools are recruiting the 6-feet,183-pounder to play safety, the program that leads likes him on the other side of the ball. That would be Oklahoma State.
According to Elston, the Cowboys began showing interest only last month, and they quickly have become the front-runner.
"They got my number in December and we've been going at it," Elston said. "I always liked Oklahoma State, but I never had anyone reach out to me."
Elston said Oklahoma State assistant Jason Jones is his primary recruiter.
"I've talked to them twice this week," he said. "They keep telling me to work hard."
Elston will officially visit the Cowboys on Jan. 20 and said a commitment is not out of the realm of possibility.
"We're going to talk about it when I take an official out there," Elston said. "We'll see how everything goes then talk about things. I really don't know yet. I might not sign on signing day. I might do it after that."
According to Elston, Arkansas, California, Louisiana-Lafayette and UCF also are recruiting him pretty heavily. He will official to Cal on Jan. 25 and UCF on Jan. 27, he said. Elston, who has not yet taken any officials, is not sure if he will have any other trips.