Brian Ellis Will Go Juco Route In California

Daytona Beach Mainland's Brian Ellis, who signed with the Florida Gators back in February, will be attending the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. Ellis is currently working before leaving for the school on August 1st.

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Although Ellis had an acceptable grade point average, he couldn't get an ACT or SAT score that would allow him admission to UF under NCAA guidelines, so he's taking the junior college route with an eye on returning to Gainesville when he graduates.

"I wasn't able to get the score," Ellis said. "I took both the SAT and ACT, but didn't get it. I got some good advice from Coach Russell (Mainland High School assistant) who was able to help me get into a good junior college program".

The College of the Sequoias Giants (4-6) gave up 27 points per game in 2004. Ellis said that the Coach Andy Seigel at Sequoia told him that he'll be tried at defensive end, linebacker, and tight end when practice begins. Should Ellis get some work at tight end, he would more than likely be tutored by former 13-year NFL veteran Irv Pankey, who serves as the Giants offensive line coach.

"I'll be there a year and half if I get everything done," Ellis stated. "Coach (Dan) Mullen told me to get out there and go get it done. He said that they want be to come back".

Ellis said that he really didn't get an opportunity to run as much as he wanted to this summer but has hit the weights hard. The 6-3-1/2, 240-pounder was a second team All-State tight end in Class 5A. Had there been a tight end on that squad, as opposed to a pair of utility players, Ellis would have been the choice.

However, as solid as his play was at tight end, his potential may be at defensive end. He told me back in January that Florida's coaches told him they would allow him to play on either side of the ball. Ellis chose tight end. He said that he really doesn't care about which side of the ball his future lies. He just wants to play. It will be interesting to see just where Ellis ends up after a few practices at COS. While there is nothing definitive about what position he'll play, Ellis does have a destination in mind.

"I'm coming back to Florida," Ellis said emphatically. "I won't go through the recruiting process again. Oh, no. Florida is where I want to play. There's nothing else to consider. That's the place for me, and I'll be back."

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