Jabari Ellis has picked up five offers, from Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia State, NC State and South Carolina. The developing defensive lineman favored one of those schools at first, but he is now taking a more open-minded approach to the recruiting process.
"South Carolina was No. 1 on my board but now I am undecided. I don't really have a No. 1 anymore," he said. "It is a blessing to get these offers and I am trying to enjoy the process. I do want to make an early decision, though, so this summer I'll start to narrow it down."
What was it that made South Carolina stand out early on?
"They were my first offer here as a Junior College player and it is close to home, so those were two things right there," Ellis said. "Their program took a little drop but they are back on the rise, that is what their coaches are saying. They have a lot of defensive linemen graduating when I am going to get ready to transfer, so that played a part in them being high on my list, too."
Colorado just joined the battle for his signature last week. The Buffaloes signed cornerback Kevin George from Georgia Military College last recruiting cycle.
"I am cool with Kevin so when Colorado offered me, we spoke about it. He congratulated me and said it is a real cool school," Ellis said. "The first thing I found out about Colorado is they have a lot of great history. Their coaches talked to me about coming up there sometime before I make my decision to see what the school is like. I realize it is a great program."
Ellis plays primarily on a three-man defensive line at Georgia Military College. He said he would feel comfortable committing to a college that runs either a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense.
"The scheme doesn't really matter, the biggest thing coming from a Junior College is going to be playing time," Ellis said. "I'll have three years to play two so I don't want to go and stand on the sideline and wait to play. I will be looking at the depth of the defensive linemen at the school. The coaching staff, how much they want me, and the atmosphere of the school will be the other factors."
Colleges have complemented Ellis on his speed for his size, as well as his versatility.
"They feel they could plug me into their team and I can help them stop the run and rush the passer as well," he said.