Despite his success on the football field for Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth High School, Cornelius Elder is still thinking basketball.
Elder is a two-sport impact player
In an ideal world, the 5-10, 165-pound Elder would play just basketball at the high major level. The one high major to approach him solely for basketball is Alabama, who is in search of a point guard. The Tide coaching staff is expected to watch Elder on the court this high school basketball season.
A number of schools are recruiting Elder, an all purpose back and safety on the football field, to play both sports.
Just this past weekend Elder unofficially visited Ohio State as a football recruit but also met with head basketball coach Thad Matta.
Elder also lists Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt who are recruiting him in both sports.
An official visit to UCLA is scheduled for November 16, and Elder will then get a gauge on UCLA's interest in him as a basketball prospect.
As he is on the football field, Elder is a gritty basketball competitor with an athletic burst and feel for winning games.
He is a four-star football recruit, ranked No. 163 by 247Sports and No. 192 in the 247Composite.
As a basketball prospect, Elder is a three-star prospect, ranked No. 128 by 247Sports and No. 179 in the 247Composite.