Zamari Ellis (© Michael Clark/Scout)

South's No. 11 TE Zamari Ellis commits to Duke

Three-star Henderson (N.C.) Southern Vance tight end Zamari Ellis committed to Duke on Saturday afternoon and spoke with Scout following his announcement.

Zamari Ellis has committed to Duke.

"It feels great to be committed and now I can focus on other things," said the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Ellis. "Duke stood out to me because they take pride in their academics and they play big-time football.

"They just want me to come in ready to work and compete. They told me that they're thin at the tight end position and I have a pretty good chance of playing early."

The coaching staff played a big part in his decision.

"(Running backs) coach (Re'quan) Boyette and I have a really good relationship," Ellis said. "We communicate all the time. He played a huge role in my commitment. He made me believe that I was a huge priority for the program."

The Southern Vance standout is excited about the opportunity to play for head coach David Cutcliffe.

"It's an honor to be able to play for one of the best coaches in the nation and learn from him," Ellis said. "I like how he's always completely honest. He's doing a great job building the program and recruiting great players. I think the sky is the limit."

Ellis chose Duke over offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest among others.

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