RECRUITING: Ellis talks about commit, will play TE

Daytona Beach Mainland's three-star tight end Brian Ellis made two major decisions Sunday. First, he decided where he'll be attending college. Secondly, he decided on which side of the ball he'll be lining up.

"I think that I'll start out on the offensive side of the ball at tight end," said Ellis, who made his commitment to the Florida Gators. "Coach (John) Hevesy showed me the X's and O's this weekend. They use a lot of motion and do a lot of different things in this offense. A lot of different things."

Ellis is one of the finest tight end prospects in the state of Florida. Personally, I have seen this 6-3, 235-pound monster play four times over the past couple of seasons. A typical Ellis play usually includes his running though or over the opposing secondary. Against eventual 5A state champion Lakeland, he blew by the coverage, hauled in the pass and ran the final 10 yards of a 30-yard scoring play untouched. Just a typical pass reception for Brian Ellis.

As good as Ellis is as a tight end, he gives the Gators a wonderful option because he is equally solid at defensive end. Admittedly, I'm one of those who think a few weeks in Meyer's aggressive defensive scheme would manifest his quickness, speed, and temperament. One of the things Hevesy has to like about Ellis' blocking potential.

"They gave the option of playing where I wanted," Ellis said. "I chose tight end first. I know they mix the pass and run well. I have an opportunity to do some things there."

Ellis told me earlier in the season after one of the Buccaneers games that he would love to go to Florida. He reminded me of that today.

"We'll I told you that I've wanted to do it all along (go to Florida)," he said. "It's an outstanding school. I had a great time. Brian Crum was my host. Brandon (Siler) was a host, too. He hung out with us all weekend. He really wanted to see me commit."

Personally, I'm betting Siler sees Brian Ellis' potential as a defender, too.

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