The second official visit for Bethel defensive end Chris Ellis was to the University of Virginia. This weekend was the “big weekend” for the Cavaliers, who covet the services of the state of Virginia’s top pass rusher.
“The visit went real well,” said Ellis. “I just finished with Coach Groh and Coach London about three hours ago. I watched film with Coach London and Coach Groh was busy speaking with my parents. I pretty much know what each school is offering, but my parents wanted to find out more.”
Ellis, who was literally hopping a plane to the University of Tennessee, still has no leader among UVa, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee, and NC State.
He visited Maryland last weekend, and was able to compare his first and second visits.
“The Virginia visit was better, but that’s not really Maryland’s fault,” said Ellis. “Maryland was kind of like a ghost town, while there were a lot of people in Charlottesville. I got to spend some time with other players from Hampton including Darryl Blackstock, who was my host. Virginia also got more technical than Maryland, and they told me exactly how I fit into their plans.”
With a number of UVa commitments on campus, Ellis felt the pressure to make a decision.
“The coaches didn’t pressure me but the players on campus were all trying to get me to go there,” said Ellis. “This process is too important. I don’t want to regret not taking other visits and feel like I made a mistake. I will make all of my visits – probably even NC State – and hopefully decide before or around signing day. Waiting will make the decision harder, but that’s what I have to do.”
Throughout the process, one sticking point between Virginia and Ellis has been the 3-4 system the Cavaliers run. The two parties discussed the system one more time before he left.
“We went over it again,” said Ellis. “I’m still not really all that comfortable with it. I guess, if I thought about my future and getting stronger and everything, playing in the 3-4 might make a difference. It’s just right now, I’m not comfortable because I have never played in it.”
Ellis had a great visit to UVa, however he wants to take his remaining visits before making a final decision and claims no leader. His comfort level with the 3-4 could prove to be a major factor in his decision.
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