DB Jalen Elliott
Measurables: 6-1, 177
School: Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird
Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 15 S.
247Sports ranking: Three stars, No. 28 ATH.
Notable numbers: Elliott intercepted five passes, broke up seven more and added 14 tackles on defense during his senior season. Elliott also threw for 928 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
First scholarship offer: Old Dominion.
Best advice I received through the recruiting process: Take my time and see what school really needs me and doesn’t just want me. Enjoy the process.
One word to describe Brian Kelly: You really can’t describe him in one word.
The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: The stress and having to hit up the coaches every day. It’s a good a stress, but it’s a little hard when you have to balance everything.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: When I went on my unofficial visit for the Irish Invasion.
My secret off-the-field talent: I was a basketball player before I was a football player.
Song on my iPod I’m embarrassed to tell people about: I’m not embarrassed about it, but I have a lot of ‘90s R&B on there.
Sports idol: Sean Taylor.
Preferred social media: Instagram or Twitter.
Favorite football accomplishment: Being named all-state on both sides of the ball.
Dream job (other than the NFL): Own my own business.
Head coach Brian Kelly on Elliott: "Jalen Elliott competed like no player that I have seen since I've been coaching in a camp setting, and that's over 25 years. His competitive spirit was unmatched. It was unparalleled in terms of I can't remember a guy -- maybe there was one guy that competed on the offensive line for me at Cincinnati in a camp that was similar, but this kid competed at every position at such a level that he was a can't-miss guy for us in the recruiting process."
Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght on what attracted him to Elliott: "It was his elite athleticism for sure. And also his leadership. When you see him in a team setting, the way he’s commanding of his players and demanding of his players, the way he’s able to organize practices without coaches around. The first time I went to see him practice, it was a walk-through scenario. Jalen is a really good-looking athlete. He took his shirt off and he was dripping in sweat for a walk-through. He was going at it hard like it was a game-type situation. He’s such a great competitor. I knew right then and there I wanted this guy to be a part of our secondary. He’ll be a mainstay. He’ll start for many years to come. He’ll be the type of guy will be a leader of an elite secondary."
Audio: Notre Dame defensive backs coach Todd Lyght talks about the potential of his seven defensive back signees.