How You Proved Yourself: Ohio State commit Ezekiel Elliott recalls his defining moment

Every athlete has experienced a moment when their teammates and peers knew they were a force to be reckoned with. Twice a week we’ll let high school athletes dish on the moment when they proved they belonged. Share your "Prove Yourself" moment and you'll be entered for a chance to win an iPad.

This week we caught up with John Burroughs (St. Louis) running back Ezekiel Elliott, an Ohio State commit.

When was your defining moment?

“It was my junior season. I sent out a highlight video to a bunch of different schools and the first day that schools got it I got an offer from Arkansas. That was a huge season for me because no one gave us a chance to be good because we graduated 18 seniors, but we ended up having a lot of success. Everyone thought we would be rebuilding, but I had other plans.”

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Can you remember how you felt coming into that season?

“I knew it was my time. With so many seniors leaving I had a lot put on me but I was really focused. I was excited because I felt like we could get it done and we did.”

What did it feel like when you began to dominate the way you planned to?

“It was a great feeling. I mean we were really getting it done. We actually finished as state runner-up and that was huge. I ended up with 1,802 rushing yards, over 400 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns. It’s hard to describe that feeling because you’re just in it working hard. It was definitely fun.”

In hindsight was this the moment that you developed a dominant mindset?

“Most definitely. That season was when it clicked for me. After my sophomore season I was a little down because I wasn’t getting recognition from colleges so I came into that season with a chip on my shoulder and I came in determined. Once I started actually doing what I set out to do something changed in me. I knew that I could do everything that I wanted to do on the field. That’s the mindset I have now.”

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How You Proved Yourself: Ohio State commit Ezekiel Elliott recalls his defining moment
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