"Ellis Island" Not Friendly to Visitors

The Karr Cougars reached the Class 4A state finals in 2010, thanks in large part to a stifling defense that included standout '13 CB Noel Ellis.

Move over "Revis Island," because "Ellis Island" is the new location that's off limits to wide receivers.

We're referring, of course, to the side of the field that's locked down by star '13 CB Noel Ellis (Edna Karr HS). Last year, Ellis helped the Cougars to the Class 4A finals, where they were edged in overtime by a loaded Franklinton squad.

"I had 39 tackles, eight interceptions and 10 passes broken up," said Ellis of his sophomore campaign. "One of my biggest interceptions came on Northside's (Lafayette, La.) first offensive possession (in the quarterfinals). That set the tone for us."

Ellis (5-10, 170, 4.6, 4.19 shuttle) neutralized a litany of big-name receivers in 2010, including 6-foot-5 Dwayne Benjamin of Northside (one catch), Utah signee Charles Henderson of McDonogh #35 (one catch), and 6-foot-5 Chris Briggs of Franklinton (4-57).

"I don't pay attention to the size of a wide receiver when I'm on the field," said Ellis. "I just play the ball when it's in the air. It's all about who wants it more.

"I would describe my style of play as fast and physical."

Ellis was named to the honorable mention all-state team, a rarity for a sophomore who plays in a large classification. He has good genetics as well (father played for Tulane).

What does Ellis have to say about recruiting?

"I like LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Florida and Miami," he said. "Those are my top five, but I'm going to give everybody a shot at recruiting me. I wouldn't close the door on anybody."

Pitt, Colorado, Cincinnati and Tulane have been recent visitors at Karr's spring practice sessions.

What's the outlook for this fall?

"It was a good feeling to make it to the Dome and we want to make another run," said Ellis. "We have a lot of young players who will be stepping up.

"I'm going to step up and be a leader, because we lost several seniors. I expect to be a team captain."

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