The top defensive end prospect in the state of Virginia, Chris Ellis has narrowed his choice of schools to five – Maryland, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
All of these schools will have a chance to put their best foot forward when they host Ellis for official visits this month. The University of Maryland had the first crack at impressing Ellis, as they hosted him this weekend.
It appears the Terps did a pretty good job.
“It was great,” said Ellis of his visit. “I had a good time, talked to the players. I really liked the players and the family feel of the team… they acted like they have known each other for five or six years. I left at 1:00 pm today, and talked to Coach Friedgen and my position coach before I left. We watched some film and everything.”
When I last spoke with Ellis, his favorites were Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Tennessee. With his visits starting, he has now taken a different view point.
“Maryland’s up there to now, so right now I am wide open,” said Ellis. “I am definitely going to take all of my official visits and then decide.”
NC State is scheduled to get his final official visit, however that appears up in the air at the moment.
“I haven’t spoken to them in a while,” said Ellis of the Wolfpack. “It’s 50/50 right now whether or not I will take the visit.”
On the visit, Ellis learned the dynamics of the Maryland defense and learned where he could fit in in their 3-4 system.
“I learned a lot about Maryland’s defense,” said Ellis. “It’s actually a little different than the Virginia 3-4 system, at least I think it is. They explained that I would line up on the wide-side off tackle, kind of like what I play now. They also play some 4-3 too, so it’s not totally a 3-4.”
Ellis was hosted by linebacker William Kershaw and roomed with Phoebus LB and good friend Xavier Adibi. Ellis arrived on Saturday and Adibi on Friday, so the two only got to spend one day together. They had a good time nevertheless.
Even with his interest in Maryland, I think this race comes down to the two in-state schools. The next two weeks will determine who Ellis chooses.
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