2008 Signee Update: Andre Ellington

Future Clemson running back Andre Ellington has put on several pounds as he works hard to be ready to compete the first day he steps foot in Tigertown.

RB Andre Ellington Profile

"I have just been working out hard," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "I am doing the workout plan the coaches gave me. I have gained about 10 pounds. I am up to about 180."

Like most of the freshman class, Ellington will be officially heading to Clemson in just over a month.

"We start classes on July 5," he said. "I am going to be rooming with Brandon Ford, Jaron Brown and Jonathan Willard. I have been talking with Brandon a lot."

What is the former Shrine Bowl standout looking forward to the most about enrolling at Clemson this summer?

"I am just ready to get in the flow with the team. I am ready to work out hard with the team. I want to get ready to play as quick as I can," replied Ellington.

Clemson assistant coach David Blackwell and the coaching staff have been keeping in touch with the star running back since signing day.

"They are just telling me how excited they are to get me to Clemson," he said. "They are ready for me to come up to campus."

How does Ellington feel about leaving home for the first time?

"I am going to be excited, but at the same time I will miss home at first. Once I get use to it I will be fine. I am really looking forward to getting to Clemson," replied Ellington.

Expect coach Blackwell and the Clemson staff will continue to visit Berkeley frequently as they recruit Andre's younger brother Bruce [class of 2010].

"I am trying to get him ready mentally for everything. I am getting him ready for all of the media attention. I tell him to stay focused and not to let things get to him. I tell him that grades are more important than anything," said Ellington.

What position does he expect his younger brother to play in college?

"To tell you the truth I am not sure which position he would play. He can play any where," replied Ellington.

The prize recruit says he doesn't expect any problems enrolling at Clemson.

"I am in good shape [academically]," said Ellington. "I'm just looking forward to getting up there."

Ellington was the No. 1 ranked running back in South Carolina for the class of 2008. As a senior he recorded 264 carries for 1,822 yards and 24 touchdowns.

He was also named to the Shrine Bowl and the Under Armour All-American game for his efforts.

Ellington will wear No. 23 during his freshman year.

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