Ellis’ Stock is Rising

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6-2, 290-pound Dunbar (Washington, D.C.) defensive line recruit Reggie Ellis has been on a roll as of late, performing well in recent camps and combines and adding to his scholarship offer total. We caught up with the talented rising senior, who gave the latest on his recruitment.

“Everything is great right now,” Ellis said. “I went to the Elite combine in New Jersey and was named defensive MVP. Marvin Austin won it last year, so this is the second year a lineman from DC has won it. I went to the Pitt camp and did well there. I was beating guys left and right. This weekend, I’m going to Penn State for the Nike Camp.”

After missing several games last season due to injury, Ellis is excited that he has been able to show what he can do on the camp circuit this off-season. It all started with the Army All-American junior combine, an event in which he earned first-team honors.

“What really changed about the process is that I am showing I’m more aggressive off the ball,” Ellis said. “Schools I’m interested in would let me play in an attacking defense. I’m still open, but I like the schools with attacking defenses.”

Boston College, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia have offered scholarships. Ellis has visited Virginia about four times previously. Virginia coaches returned the favor in the evaluation period, as head coach Al Groh and defensive coordinator Mike London were the first coaches from any school to stop by Dunbar.

Ellis is looking for programs with aggressive defenses. Does UVa’s 3-4 defensive set hurt its chances with the top lineman?

“No, because Virginia switches up on defense,” Ellis said. “In a sense, Virginia attacks because their linemen still get up the field. I love Coach London as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. I think he could get me to where I want to go on and off the field.”

A number of new schools have recently entered his recruiting process, with Virginia Tech being one of those programs.

“Virginia Tech is picking up the recruiting process,” Ellis said. “They were in school [yesterday]. Virginia Tech has had the number one defense in the country for two years straight. They make great athletes and great players.”

Ellis says he could have a decision made by the early part of his senior season.

“Right now, I’m not in the process of narrowing anything down,”