Hillside's Jamal Elliott out for season with sports hernia

Posted September 25

Jamal Elliott (5) of Hillside High School. Hillside High School visits Northern Durham on Monday, October 5, 2015. A game changing play early in the second half to put the Hornets up 7 to 3 over Northern Durham for the win. (Photo By: Beth Jewell/

— Hillside four-star senior running back Jamal Elliott will miss the remainder of the season with a sports hernia injury, a source told Monday evening.

Elliott played in only three games this season for the Hornets. He tallied 38 carries for 126 yards and one score, and 13 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Elliott’s injury will not require surgery, according to a source close to the situation.

The highly recruited tailback announced his commitment to Oregon on April 30 one day removed from an on-campus visit to Eugene. Tennessee and Virginia Tech were also among Elliott’s final three schools.

Elliott said in April that he plans on enrolling early and will begin taking classes in January.

Following his sophomore season at Hillside, Elliott transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., but the Durham native returned to the Hornets three games into last season.

Elliott tallied 83 carries for 684 yards and nine touchdowns in five games with Hillside last season, according to MaxPreps. He owned an averaged of 8.2 yards per carry and 136.8 yards rushing in each contest.

The speedster also hauled in three catches for 75 yards and three touchdowns, and pitched in on special teams as well.

Elliott recorded a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with less than a second to play against Cardinal Gibbons to give Hillside a 40-35 victory.

Several players from across the area reached out to Elliott via social media on Monday upon hearing of his season-ending injury, including fellow four-star recruits Ricky Person and Alim McNeill.


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