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No rush for 4-star ATH Elder

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Because he has a busy schedule with AAU basketball, four-star athlete Cornelius Elder of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth doesn't have any football recruiting trips set for this summer.
However, Elder does know of a few schools he definitely plans to check out.
"Miami is one," Elder told Rivals.com. "I'm going to try to get down there for one of their camps. I know I also want to go up to Ohio State. And I'm probably going to go down to Alabama. I always grew up liking Miami. I heard it's a great place to be at. Ohio State and Alabama are just two powerhouse schools. I heard the campuses are nice and they have good coaches."
The 5-feet-11 170-pound Elder currently claims 10 offers. The Buckeyes are in that group. Miami and Alabama are not.
"I think Miami could be close," Elder said. "They said they want to get me down there. I also think Penn State might be [close]. My coaches said they want me to come there, too. I think if I went there, I could get one."
Besides Ohio State, Elder, who could play cornerback, receiver or running back in college, also has offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Asked if he had any leaders, Elder replied, "Not yet. I probably will have some after I take some visits and talk to some more coaches. Maybe after the summer."
Elder has not made any visits in 2012, but plenty of schools have been by to see him.
"Ole Miss came by … Vanderbilt, Miami, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Kentucky, Penn State and a couple others I can't remember," Elder said. "I'd probably say Vanderbilt and Ole Miss [are recruiting him the hardest]. I know they talk to my coaches a lot. And Ohio State talks to my coaches a lot, too."
In 2011, Elder rushed for 2,000-plus yards. On defense, he recorded five interceptions.
He has no preference where he plays in college.
"I'm mainly getting recruited as an athlete" Elder said. "Some say offense, but others say defense. Some haven't decided yet."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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