Noles Offer Daytona Beach TE

Florida State Coach Bill Sexton didn't have to travel far to find a tight end that he liked. When he arrived on the campus of Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland, he knew that had to offer their athletic pass-catcher.

Brian Ellis, a 6-foot-3 and 230 pound tight end, is a player that stock is on the rise with an early scholarship offer from Florida State. Last season as a junior he helped lead his team Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland to the Class 5A state championship by catching several key passes.

"Florida State recently offered me," Ellis said. "Their coach called me on the phone to tell me that he was very impressed with me while watching our practice. Florida State was my favorite team growing up."

His top four schools are Miami, Georgia, Florida State and Central Florida.

"Miami and Florida State are near the top," he said. "But, I'm wide open right now."

This summer the Mainland standout has a busy schedule.

"I'm going to attend camps at Miami and Central Florida," he said. "Miami isn't showing me any interest so I want to go to their camp and hopefully get noticed."

Ellis told The that his pass-catching ability in addition to his blocking skills is what separates him from the rest of the pack. What does his high school think of his starting tight end?

He's got soft hand and very good speed for his size," Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland Head Coach John Mainland said. "His stock really went through the roof in the playoffs when we played (Orlando) Edgewater.

What is Ellis looking for in a school?

"I really don't know yet," he said. "I'll have to take my visits first. My mother will be a factor. I'm going to do what she thinks is best."

As a junior Ellis caught an estimated 17 passes for 250 yards. He's also an excellent basketball player while average 12 points a game.

The Florida native would like to make a decision sometime after his season.

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