Ellis: "Focused Only on Two"

Edna Karr (Algiers, La.) and junior CB Noel Ellis are aiming for a second straight appearance in the Class 4A state finals, and Scout.com spoke with Ellis for a brief update on the playoffs and his recruitment.

"We're taking things one game at a time," said Noel Ellis, whose team advanced to the 4A semis with a come-from-behind road win at No. 2 St. Thomas More last Friday. "We need to keep doing what we've been doing, which is preparing well.

"We want to win the game before it happens - with a lot of preparing."

Ellis (5-10, 175) recently visited Alabama along with teammate Gerald Willis ('14 DL) and Dutchtown five-star safety Landon Collins, who happens to be Willis' older brother.

"I'm focused on only two schools: LSU and Alabama. I planning on going to LSU's Junior Day, and I'm going to be training after the season for the Army Combine and the Under Armour Combine," said Ellis.

Karr is strolling along after a 1-3 start that included losses to 5A No. 1 St. Paul's and Texas playoff club Arlington Bowie. A change at QB seemed to mark the turnaround spot for the Cougars, who have won nine straight.

Once sophomore signal-caller Devante Noil took over the starting job, the Cougars never looked back. Last week, Noil completed 25-of-32 passes and orchestrated a 93-yard, last-minute march that culminated in a game-winning pass to Arizona commit Jarrell Bennett.

"We had confidence that he would come through for us," said Ellis of Noil. "We trust him. He's made a big difference at quarterback but is really a wide receiver; he's a good receiver."

On Friday, Ellis will attempt to outshine Lutcher CB Jordan Batiste (Ole Miss commit) when Karr welcomes the 12-1 Bulldogs to the West Bank.

"Lutcher has a good scheme on offense and they have a talented running back (three-star senior Daniel Taylor)," said Ellis.

Ellis picked off five passes during the regular season and notched seven solo stops in Karr's 21-12 win over neighborhood rival O.P. Walker.

Karr is seeded seventh in the 4A bracket, while Lutcher is third. In 2010, Franklinton outlasted Karr in an exciting state final contest that went to overtime.

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