Watch game tapes of Dewey Elliot, a four-star linebacker from Fairfield, Ohio, and you'll see he's one of the most intimidating linebackers in the nation. When it came time to invite players to the Jan. 4 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the decision to invite Elliott was an easy one. So was Elliott's decision to accept the invitation.
"I was going crazy when I heard about it," Elliott said. "I never felt I would get invited to something like this. I feel sometimes Ohio doesn't get as much national respect as California or Florida. But when I heard more about it and got the invitation, I told everybody that I wanted to be in it.
Five facts about Dewey Elliot
• His sports hero: A.J. Hawk.
• The president he most admires: Bill Clinton.
• He plans to major in physical education or business.
• What he wants to accomplish in life: To be the best man I can be.
• His favorite video game: Madden 06.
"I've always wanted to be an All-American."
Elliott will play on the East roster, joining linebackers Jermale Hines, Rolando McClain and others that have yet to be announced publicly. Elliott is pumped up about getting a chance to showcase his skills to a broader audience. The all-star game will be televised live by ESPNU.
"They're going to see why you all wanted me to come down and play in the game," Elliott said. "They're going to see how we do things in Ohio. They're going to see a guy that flies around and makes a lot of hard hits. I'm going to knock somebody's head off. I'm definitely going to make a big play. Just tell me what guy you want tackled, and I'll go get them."
Elliott has never been outside of Ohio and plans to use all of his allotted tickets to the game. He will have a big cheering section.
"This is a big deal," he said. "I've never really been outside of Ohio, so this will give me a chance to see what else is out there. My mom, dad and a couple of friends are going to be down there. We're really excited about it."
When it comes to college, Elliott has always listed Ohio State as his top team. However, the Buckeyes have yet to offer him a scholarship. He says the Ohio State coaches recently have talked to him about signing him and placing him at Fork Union Military Academy, then he could enroll next spring as a freshman. Elliott also lists Cincinnati, West Virginia and Boston College as his top teams. He reports offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and Iowa.