Ellis said that he is eager to complete his Associate of Arts degree and enroll at Florida where he can finally begin his career for the Gators. He'll have one more season at COS, but has plans on completing his business degree in one and a half years, so that he can hopefully enroll in the spring.
School is primarily the main course at COS. He said that life is very different in Visalia than he was accustomed to in Daytona Beach or Gainesville for that matter.
"We go to play football and go to school," he said laughing. "That's about it really. There isn't much out here where we're at. There's just not much around. I like the coaching staff here. It's similar to what we had at Mainland (High School)."
He keeps in touch with what is going on in Gainesville thanks to family ties.
"I talked to my cousin Brandon (Siler) about two or three weeks ago," Ellis recalled. "He asked me what was going on out here and said that they really have to tighten up the offense down there. They have to start putting some points on the board."
The 6-3, 245-pound tight end is hauling in passes from another Sunshine State native. Hopefully, the Giants offensive production will not suffer as their quarterback is battling a hip pointer.
"Brent Schaeffer is our quarterback here," said Ellis. "I haven't talked much with him about college, but I hear that he wants to go Florida. I know that he wants to go back there. He's a nice quarterback. I'd love to have him there at Florida. He puts it right there on the money and throws a real nice, catchable ball."
There is no question the struggling Florida offense misses his aggressive blocking abilities, hands, and speed. Ellis will return in the not so distant future and hopes to touch base with family and friends. The Mainland football is one big family, who will certainly be on his visit list.
"I'm coming back to Florida to visit the family for about a month," he said. "I think that I'll be able to get back over there on December 16th or so. I haven't talked to Coach (John) Maronto (Head Coach, Mainland High School) since a couple of months ago, when I first got out here. He seemed to be doing really well then."