Ellison a Receiving Threat at Tight End

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Virginia Tech was looking to add a receiving threat at the tight end position in this year’s class, and Rhett Ellison seems to have been one of the staff’s top targets for the job. And after catching 26 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns last season as a junior, Ellison, who is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, has proven he can fill the role.

“That’s exactly what they told me,” Ellison said. “They want me to catch the ball mostly. They liked how I blocked, but they really liked how I could catch the ball.”

At 6-5, 225 pounds, Ellison is a big target for a quarterback. He talked about his other skills as a receiver.

“I guess my routes are pretty good. I run a 4.7 in the 40, so I’m not the fastest. But the height helps and I’m not afraid of traffic. I’ll take a hit,” Ellison said.

Last season, the versatile Ellison was used in a variety of ways. He shifted quite a bit and even lined up at wide receiver on occasion.

“We threw the ball a lot more than usual last year, but we also had really good running backs,” Ellison said. “We had a lot of weapons to use and we just switched it up. They would split me out to receiver or move me in to do whatever, like with quick screens and things like that. I don’t think they used me as much as they will this year because we had a lot of running back talent.”

This off-season, Ellison says he is working on “a lot of blocking. Not really the initial blocks, just more like getting up and getting to linebackers.”

Decision to attend VT…

When did Ellison decide to commit to Virginia Tech?

“Pretty much this [past] weekend when I flew up to see my dad,” Ellison said. “I was up here earlier for the camp. He just wanted me to think it out, and I just thought it was the best place for me to go.”

Why did Ellison choose Tech?

“I definitely liked the tight end coach a lot,” Ellison said. “Tyrod Taylor looked real good. I’ve done the SC camp, and he was like ten times better than the quarterbacks they had there. Virginia Tech’s got a good recruiting class. They have good coaches, and they aren’t going anywhere so you don’t have to worry about that.”

Ellison visited Tech twice – once during his spring break and again for the camp last month. Besides