Chris Ellis Prepares for First Trip

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Bethel (Hampton, VA) defensive end prospect Chris Ellis is making his first official visit this weekend to Virginia Tech, and he is looking forward to the opportunity. It is the beginning of what promises to be a long recruiting competition for the outstanding prospect.

“Definitely, I’m real excited to see what they have to offer,” said Ellis, who is a consensus Top 5 ranked player in the state of Virginia.

The Hokies were the obvious front runner in this recruiting race a few months ago, however Ellis now wants to wait until signing day to make his collegiate choice.

“I didn’t think I would wait at first, but now I want to,” said Ellis. “The only way I would commit is if everything goes perfect this weekend. But I don’t think I will commit. I plan to wait and take it week to week until signing day. It’s wide open right now.”

Ellis has been busy this fall taking many unofficial visits, mainly to the campuses of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The official visits will give him a chance to see his final five schools in a different light, and will give him a chance to find out where he is comfortable.

“I will be able to see the personalities of the coaches and players on each team,” said Ellis of his official visits. “I want to see if the people have a team attitude. I want to see the campus. I want to go somewhere where I will feel comfortable.”

Following Virginia Tech, Ellis will visit Maryland on January 10, Virginia on January 17, Tennessee on January 24, and NC State on February 1, which is a newly scheduled visit. The consensus is that Ellis will choose between Virginia and Virginia Tech, although Ellis is quick to point out that that may not necessarily be the case.

“It’s most likely between UVa and Virginia Tech,” said Ellis. “But then you also have a program like Tennessee, who is a great program. So it’s hard to tell who it will come down to right now.”

While the Vols have a great track record on the field, both state schools have many things going for them as well.

“I like the direction that Virginia Tech is going,” said Ellis, whose teammate from last year, Jimmy Williams, is a true freshman at Virginia Tech. “I’ve always played the 4-3, and I am comfortable playing the position they want me to play. I could

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