Ellis Remains Solid UF Commitment

Former Florida signee Brian Ellis has one more year to play at The College of the Sequoias in California. He has drawn interest from several Pac-10 schools but Ellis remains solid about following his heart.

"The coaches from SC (Southern Cal) were asking about me the other day," Ellis said laughingly. "My coach (offensive coordinator Andy Siegal) told them not to bother that I was a Florida recruit. I asked him, 'You really said that to them?' He said that he did. I just started laughing at him."

Siegal is no stranger when it comes to players that have ties to the University of Florida. He coached former Florida cornerback Reynaldo Hill while Hill was at Dodge City Community College. This past year, Siegal coached one of the fastest JUCO players' in the country, former Florida signee McIntosh Nicolas. Siegal, who has two PhD's, one in sports management and the other in sports psychology knows the recruiting trail and the importance of player promotion. The College of the Sequoias had all 17 of their sophomores sign scholarships last week.

Ellis last returned to The Sunshine State over the Christmas break. He spent that time with family and friends. He didn't get an opportunity to travel to Tampa for the Outback Bowl game nor did he get to visit with former Daytona Beach Mainland teammate Avery Atkins, but he followed them both in the Gators 31-24 victory over Iowa. He said that he is excited about the Florida program.

He said that he hasn't spoken to the Florida coaches since his arrival at COS. He now has just one year remaining and hopes to hear from them in the near future.

"I'm going back to Florida," Ellis sternly said. "That's my school and that's where I'm going to play. I've passed all of my classes and I'm on schedule to graduate in a year, so I'll enroll next January."

Ellis wasn't aware of his stats. He spoke about the noticeable changes in himself as regards to preparation.

"I'm 6-4 and 235," he said. "I haven't changed much in size, but I can definitely tell that I've toned everything up. That has been the biggest change since I've been here. We work hard on getting in good physical condition. It's been fun though. They have me playing outside linebacker, tight end, anywhere. I'll do whatever I can to get on the field."

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