Former Hillside High star running back Jamal Elliott is leaving Oregon before starting his freshman football season with the Ducks.
Oregon has granted Elliott’s request to be released with plans to transfer, Oregon athletics spokesman Jimmy Stanton confirmed Friday.
"I appreciate everything the University of Oregon has done for me," Elliott said in a statement to fan website ScoopDuck. "At this time I feel it's best for me to transfer and will continue playing football at another university. Thanks to all of the Oregon fans and my teammates for their support."
Elliott was enrolled in classes at Oregon for the spring semester, Stanton said.
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There was no indication where Elliott may go as of Friday afternoon, when he was still listed on Oregon’s roster.
Coming out of Hillside, Elliott had offers from major college programs all over the Southeast and East Coast – including UNC, N.C. State, Duke, East Carolina, LSU and Tennessee.
The 5-10, 183-pound Elliott was considered a 4-star prospect in the 2018 class, ranked the No. 12 running back in the nation and No. 11 overall player out of North Carolina by 247Sports.