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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #21 Jalen Elliott

The third year safety - and likely starter - is next in out player profile series.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season. This time we’ve got Jalen Elliott.

#21 Jalen Elliott

Elliott was recruited out of Chesterfield, Virginia as part of the Class of 2016. He was a do-it-all high school athlete who played at many positions, including cornerback, wide receiver, and quarterback. With that said, Notre Dame was recruiting him to play safety without a doubt, and he has done as such while with the Irish.

His time with in South Bend has been a bit polarizing, with definite ups but no shortage of downs either. But he is on track to be a starter for the second consecutive year at safety, and with reps usually comes improvement. It is the hope of the Irish coaching staff and the fans of the program that Elliott follows that trend.

3 Things To Know About Jalen Elliott

  1. Jalen Elliott has a history of being a part of successful teams. He helped lead his highschool (Lloyd C. Bird) to Virginia State Championships in both 2013 and 2014.
  2. Elliott is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business. Needless to say, he’s a bright kid.
  3. Hailing from Chesterfield, Virginia, Elliott shares his hometown with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.

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Jalen Elliott secures the first interception by a safety for Notre Dame since Elliott did it in last year’s spring game. Hopefully this interception foreshadows a little bit more production than did 2017’s.

Country, Condiment, or Canon

Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.


Jalen Elliott is a walking, human incarnation of mayonnaise. There is no condiment that describes him better. First and foremost, mayonnaise has a variety of uses and can be employed in many different situations. Someone that played quarterback, cornerback, wide receiver, and safety most certainly has a variety of uses. On top of that, mayonnaise doesn’t blow anyone away, but it’s reliable. You know what you’re getting.

Elliott - if he is anything - is reliable. He’s not a player you anticipate to make the biggest plays, to carry the back-end of the defense, or to play his way into All-American status. But he is a solid player for this defense, and you know what you’re getting with him.

2018 Forecast

Expecting Jalen Elliott to make a huge jump from last season to this season is probably unreasonable. He is a good player, but suddenly playing like a superstar is unlikely. It is fair, however, to expect improvement. He has a second year in the system, and can play with more physicality. These are the improvements I anticipate him to make.

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Elliott is in line to be a starter in 2018, and that shouldn’t change. He has been singled out as knowing the system very well, and that is an invaluable trait to have in this safety group. He won’t play his way into a draft position, but he’ll be a better player than he was last year. And most importantly, he will continue to be a reliable piece for this coaching staff to lean on.

Elliott is a good football player, and that will show in 2018.