Aaliyah Elliott is NFL player Ezekiel Elliott’s younger sister and a sports star in the making. The 18-year-old is currently eyeing her options at several Division I programs in colleges across the country. Aaliyah makes it clear she isn’t committed to any institution yet.
She visited Ohio State University, her brother’s alma mater, over the weekend. Aaliyah had a professional photoshoot in the institution’s official gear for the occasion. She posed alongside her parents, as well as Rosalind Joseph, Ohio State’s Head Coach of Track & Field and Cross Country.
View this post on Instagram
Aaliyah also recently visited the University of Michigan, where she posed in the school’s signature blue and yellow colors. She also met with team members, including assistant coaches and recruiting coordinator Charnay Ryland.
The 18-year-old has competed in several track-and-field competitions, including the 100m, 200m, 100 hurdles and the long jump. Last June, she reached under 20 feet in the long jump. Her mother congratulated her for the achievement on social media.
In April 2022, she was named Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week by her high school, John Burroughs, in St Louis. She placed first in the 100m race, 100 hurdles and long jump and finished third in the 200m race.
Aaliyah sprained her ankle early in the season, which she addressed on social media.
“Sophomore season was absolutely the hardest season for me,” she wrote. “Due to coming back from a major back injury, I came into this season already thinking I wasn’t going to place in state for the hurdles, not going to make it to the junior Olympics in my hurdles, etc.”
“I cried thousands of tears, doubted myself, lost my confidence and forgot who and what I was doing this sport for,” she added. “I then put all those emotions onto the track. No longer was I competing for the number 1 spot, I was competing for myself and for me to improve every time. The medals, my recognition and everything else would come with that, and it did.”
“I am proud though, I am proud about the athlete I am becoming, I am proud about the huge character growth I’ve had this season, I am proud of myself, period,” she continued.