Relationships key for Ellison

James Ellison has been heavily recruited for over a year now, so he has been in contact with coaches for over 12 months. That is big because relationships with play a big role in his decision.

"I am still open to everyone right now, but I will be trimming my list later on this summer," James Ellison told Scout. "I think I will narrow it down around the beginning of the season, but I am not sure exactly sure."

He may not be sure on who makes the cut yet, but he knows what it will take for a school to have a chance at that.

"It is all about relationships for me. How I get along with the coaches, who I am close to, and how I can communicate with them. That will be the biggest thing for me. I will also look at depth charts a little, but it is mainly how I feel my relationship is with the people at that school."

Ellison said schools like Auburn, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss are coming at him hard right now. He has only visited one of those schools so far in 2012, but he hopes to see more this summer.

"I have visited Auburn twice this year and I had a lot of fun each time. I was there for a Junior Day and their spring game, so I saw a lot. I liked the atmosphere, I have a good feeling there, and the coaches are great.

"Auburn is close, so it is easy for me to get to, but I will get out a lot more this summer. I will taking some visits, doing some one-day camps, and really getting a feel for a lot of schools."

Like his teammate a year ago, Ellison plans to take all five of his official visits. Jordan Jenkins did that, he plans to follow his lead.

"Jordan did things the right way and he has been helping me a lot," Ellison said. "I learned a lot watching him go through the recruiting process and that is why I am taking things slow.

"The biggest advice he has given me is to look at who is being real and who is being fake. Coaches will tell me what I want to hear sometimes, so I want to find out who is being honest with me. Jordan and I talk a lot and he will be helping me until I make my decision."

Pittsburgh and Missouri have offered Ellison recently and a number of schools including Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and South Carolina have been by his school.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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