Roney Elam has Texas, Texas A&M out in front

Roney Elam - Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)

The Tigers now have some ground to make up.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Newton (Texas) cornerback Roney Elam is a man of few words.

When he spoke with SB Nation Recruiting at the Texas state track meet after helping his school to third-place finishes in the 2A 4x100 meter relay and the 4x200 meter relay, there wasn't much elaboration, but he was willing to name the two schools out in front for his services.

The lean 6'3, 170-pounder who is rated as a consensus three-star prospect currently has the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies as his leaders, followed by the LSU Tigers.

For now, the possibility of early playing time is figuring heavily into Elam's recruitment, which now features 12 schools that have extended offers, including Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech in addition to his top group.

Elam said that the fact that the Aggies and the Longhorns both have seniors that will depart from the secondary after the 2014 season stands out to him in regards to both schools.

A stop by the Texas coaching offices was in the works for Elam, which was his second stop by the campus since receiving his offer.

"The facilities are really nice and the coaches are really nice," he said when asked about the Texas program.

He previously told the Times-Picayune that he followed a number of schools while he was growing up:

"As a kid, I followed Alabama, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M and the Miami Hurricanes," Elam said. "They each had a lot of good players and I liked their attitudes. I like the fact that LSU and Alabama produce a lot of great cornerbacks, too. Tyrann Mathieu is someone I always followed. He makes a lot of big plays and comes up to hit."

The Newton product plans on taking his official visits during the fall and hopes to pick up a scholarship offer in the near future from Oregon.

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