Bethel defensive end prospect Chris Ellis has three schools that have risen to the top of his list. Along with the two in-state schools, the Tennessee Volunteers are now up at the top.
“UVa, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee are at the top, and they are the ones probably recruiting me the hardest,” said Ellis. “Tennessee made some in-home visits and their head coach came by to see me, and we talked about football, the bowl game, and where their program is going. They said I could maybe play early in some nickel packages and long distance downs.
“This was all information I didn’t know before, so it was new to me. Me and my parents didn’t know what to think of them before, but they stopped by and we enjoyed their visit.”
With the three schools possibly pulling away from Maryland and NC State, it’s possible Ellis could make a decision without taking all of his visits. He will not decide until after his Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech official visits.
“The earliest I might decide is after the Virginia Tech visit,” said Ellis. “I might not take my trip to NC State. I go to Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee on the 20th, and then Virginia Tech. It’s going to be a lot in a short period of time, but I’m excited about it and I’m ready for it.”
With the race as close as it is between the three schools, it could be the decisions of some of the state of Virginia’s top prospects – Xavier Adibi, Phillip Brown, and Vince Hall in particular – that could sway Ellis if all of the schools remain the same following the official visits.
“Really, their decisions don’t make that much of an impact,” said Ellis. “Xavier Adibi has gone to a couple of my basketball games, and we have talked about it, but their decisions won’t pull me one way or the other. It would be cool to play with the top guys in the state though.”
Ellis’s parents are helping him through this process and will let him make his own collegiate decision, however they have had some input throughout the process. Two schools in particular have impressed the Ellis’s up to this point.
“They have liked the Virginia and Tennessee in-home visits the best,” said Ellis. “Mike London is from my home town, so we have a lot in common. At first, my mom was worried about the distance from home to Tennessee, but after the in-home visit, she feels better...
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