Tino Ellis played sparingly on DeMatha Catholic’s (Hyattsville, MD) varsity football squad in 2012. Given that he was only a freshman at the time, Ellis’ lack of playing time isn’t surprising. DeMatha is historically one of the top football programs in the East, and freshmen typically don’t play a major role. Ellis’ lack of varsity experience did little to diminish his recruiting stock, though, as he enters his sophomore year boasting four major FBS scholarship offers.
“I have offers from Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Maryland, and Virginia,” said Ellis, a 6’1″, 185-pound wide receiver/safety.
Recruited by all four schools as a wide receiver, Ellis says he has “good technique. I focus on the little things. And coaches also like my great speed.”
Ellis certainly is excited by the success he has had on the recruiting trail. He is also anxious to show why he has received those offers. Ellis enters preseason practice a projected starter at wide receiver and safety.
“I have high expectation for myself,” said Ellis. “I didn’t play a lot, but I feel very prepared from last season. I got to watch players like [class of 2014 receiver/defensive back Cam] Phillips, and they showed me how to do things. I’m ready.”
With a breakout season on what should be a talented and tough DeMatha squad, Ellis could see his offer list grow significantly in the fall and winter. And with three years of high school remaining, the promising athlete has plenty of time to think about his college future. Virginia Tech is one school that has caught his attention thus far, however.
Ellis traveled to Tech twice this summer, participating in the Hokies’ one-day camp on June 2 and watching the one-day on July 13.
“I’m open to all schools but Virginia Tech is very high on my list when I think of the schools I could be attending,” said Ellis, who has been to all four schools that have offered at least once (whether it was on a visit or during camp). “My cousin (rising sophomore Donovan Riley) plays there. When I was younger, DeAngelo Hall and Michael Vick were two of my favorite players.”
Ellis is very high on Virginia Tech right now. At the July camp, he was sporting Hokies gear and seemed to be having a great time. A decision seems far off, but in the early going Tech has to like...
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