Brian Ellis: Decision for Four-Star LB?

Brian Ellis, a four-star junior college linebacker, made his first official visit to Louisville this weekend. One source informed InsideTheVille.com that the 6-4, 235-pound Ellis verbally committed to the Cardinals. Is Brian Ellis locked down for Louisville? InsideTheVille.com spoke with Ellis Sunday afternoon and has the scoop.

Brian Ellis, a four-star junior college linebacker, made his first official visit to Louisville this weekend. And while JUCO defensive back Chaz Thompson told InsideTheVille.com Sunday morning that Ellis had decided to join him this weekend in verbally committing to the Cardinals, Ellis says that's not the case.

Ellis, a former Florida signee, said he enjoyed his visit to Louisville, but wasn't ready to end his recruitment just yet.

"The visit was OK," Ellis told InsideTheVille.com. "I didn't make a decision and I'm still wide open."

Ellis was hosted by Louisville linebacker Terrence Butler and roomed with four-star junior college linebacker Willie Williams. Williams, of course, was one of the nation's top recruits a few years ago when he signed with Miami.

"I liked Louisville's facilities and the players are really cool," Ellis said. "I also liked the new coaches. I basically just hung out with the players. We toured the school and the saw the stadium. It was very nice."

Ellis got a chance to meet new Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe and sounded impressed. "He's a really great guy," Ellis said. "He was busy this weekend so I didn't really get a chance to talk with him too much, but I did get to talk to him a little."

The Cardinals are recruiting the 6-4, 235-pound Ellis to play linebacker and defensive end. "They're loaded on defense," Ellis said. "I can see that. They want to see me play some on the defensive line, but I'm not sure about that. I'd prefer to play linebacker."

With signing day rapidly approaching, Ellis said he wants to take a couple more visits and fully consider his options before deciding on a school. "I want to get all my offers on the table before I make a decision," Ellis said. "I'm supposed to visit Iowa State next week and my coach said there are a couple more schools that just called expressing interest. So I want to check those out."


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