It's hard to blame Las Vegas Arbor View offensive tackle Elijah George for slow playing his recruitment, especially now. A few weeks, ago the 6-foot-4, 240-pound lineman had offers from only Duke, SMU and UNLV. That list has since doubled, leaving the high school senior with quite a decision in front of him.
"Yeah, I got some new offers," George said by phone on Tuesday. "Things have kind of picked up."
The most recent invitation came from the coaching staff at Colorado, but George has also added offers from Oregon State, Colorado State and San Diego State in recent weeks. So with interest in his services picking up, he doesn't see a reason to rush things. It's why he's yet to schedule any visits and why he claims he has no idea where he'd like to play college football.
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"I'll probably take, like, three visits during the season, but I don't know where," he said. "I need to talk to my dad about all that."
He does, perhaps accidently, tip his hand, though. When asked if he has a few favorites among the schools involved in his recruitment, he starts down one road before recoiling to play it safe.
The slip of the tongue could be a sign that George has thought about his possible landing spot more than he'd like people to know.
"My top three are, like, Duke …" he starts before quickly attempting to pull back from naming the Blue Devils, or any other team, as a favorite.
"Well, I don't know. I'm kind of undecided right now about all of them," he adds, as if to correct himself.
George says Duke's academic reputation was what forced him to let the school's name leak from his lips before he changed his mind about naming a top three.
"It was just education-wise," he said. "But all the schools that have offered have good educations to offer."
A timetable for a commitment is miles away from being set. George says he'd like to focus solely on his senior season at Arbor View. He doesn't expect to make a choice until he wraps up his high school career this winter.