"I told the coaches awhile ago," Reggie Ellis

It would be a safe bet to say all Illini fans would like Ron Zook to keep on doing what he's been doing on the recruiting front. Last week it became public that Washington D.C. native Reggie Ellis told the Illinois coaching staff he wants to play for the Fighting Illini. Read here for more on Ellis.

Defensive tackle Reggie Ellis has all the potential to become something very, very special in the college ranks. As proof, just take a look here at Scout.com at his video footage.

Ellis visited Champaign to take in the Penn State game and liked everything about his visit. "I liked the school because when I'm done, I'll be able to do something good . . . like in business. I also think coaches will be able to help me become a better player," said Ellis.

Last Thursday, a report from the washingtonpost.com broke the story that Ellis made a verbal commitment to the Illini. He had tried to keep the decision a secret, but that's tough to do, especially when you're being recruited, and given offers, by such schools like Alabama, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Michigan and Boston College. "I actually told the coaches awhile ago that I was coming to Illinois. I really didn't want it to get out because I wanted to have a press conference and do it at the US Army Game. The Illinois coaches respected that wish for me. I probably will still announce during that time, but people know I'm going there now," Ellis said.

Does it help that the Illini have a pretty good list of players from the D.C. area already on the roster? It sure does. "I know all those guys, and it helps having people from where you're from, but it wasn't my main reason. Illinois is an up and coming program and they will be good for a long time, as long as those coaches are there. I'm committed, for sure; this is not a soft verbal. Yes, I'm going to play there," said Ellis.

Ellis is Illini verbal commitment number sixteen. He also helps the Illini make a nice jump in the national rankings. Currently, here at Scout.com, we have the Illini recruiting class checking in at number nineteen.

Pictured in this photo is Reggie Ellis and current Illini Arrelious Benn.

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