DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) four-star receiver Tino Ellis wasn't able to visit Maryland April 8 for a spring practice as he originally intended, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder made sure he was in College Park, Md., 24 hours later. Before school began April 9, the local product trekked over to UMD with his father for yet another look at UMD, his third time on campus this offseason.
"I really wanted to be at Maryland [April 8] for the spring practice, but I couldn't make it because I had to take a test. So I wanted to get there as soon as possible to make up for it," said Ellis, who holds offers from Maryland, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Kentucky, Rutgers, Virginia and Boston College. "I didn't want to burn any bridges with the coaches and make them feel some kind of way, like I was snubbing them. And they appreciated that. I only got to spend like a couple hours there before I had to go to school, and I didn't get to see a spring practice, but at least I got to sit in on meetings and talk to the coaches again."
Ellis has seen pretty much all aspects of Maryland and College Park anyway, but he still enjoyed listening to receivers' coach Keenan McCardell address his unit. After the meeting, Ellis said he spoke to the former NFL Pro Bowler, noting how the two have a developing rapport.
"Coach McCardell is a real cool guy. I was chatting with him a little bit and he was telling me how he's going to make me a great receiver there," Ellis said. "It was fun; he's fun to talk to. And it was great to see how the guys worked [in the meeting]. They were going over their mistakes, their scrimmages, and it was amazing to see them working and studying and things like that."
The DeMatha product spoke extensively to head coach Randy Edsall and area recruiter Mike Locksley as well. Ellis said the pair continued to stress the "hometown movement," urging him to join the program and be the next local recruit to commit.
"With Coach Edsall and Coach Locksley, they know where I'm at. They're known me for a long time now and they know my feelings about Maryland," Ellis said. "They want me to be part of the future at Maryland, and they know I'm high on the program. I have a very good relationship with both of them.
"But, like, they thought I was going to bring my mother and grandma up there [April 9], but I didn't. They wanted to meet them while I was there, so I think at the end up April I'll be back with [my mother and grandma] so they can meet the coaches and see the school."
As far as "the movement" is concerned, Ellis said it's a "definite possibility" and continues to trend in UMD's favor. He noted how his teammates-turned-Terps-pledges, D.J. Turner and Lorenzo Harrison, continue to pump up Maryland, while having Keandre Jones (Good Counsel/Olney, Md.) and Travon Stott (Good Counsel) on board will only help draw more local recruits to College Park.
"It's realistic, definitely, and you're already seeing it happen," Ellis said. "You've seen it with D.J., Lorenzo, Keandre, and Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) should be coming in too. So [the hometown movement is] something I'm definitely considering being apart of too. I mean, I'm going to make my own decision, but with those guys there, and if Dwayne is there, that's huge. I'd know I'd have a great quarterback to catch passes from the next few years."
Next up for Ellis is yet another trip to Rutgers in a week or two. Then in May he's trying to get out to Kentucky, North Carolina and possibly Miami. Ellis has already seen Virginia Tech, WVU, RU, UMD, UVA and Wake Forest this offseason.
"As of right now I don’t have any leaders. I just got a BC offer, so a lot of schools are popping in, and I can’t say exactly where I am right now," Ellis said. "But the schools in play for me are Wake Forest Virginia Tech, Maryland, WVU, North Carolina, Kentucky, Rutgers, Maryland and Miami. I don't have an offer from Miami yet, but I feel real strong about getting that one."
Ellis is maintaining a July 31 decision date. He said right now the plan is to make the announcement at the popular University of Maryland hangout, Bentley's, in College Park.
"I was talking to my dad on the drive in to Maryland, and I think it's a real possibility I'll be doing it at Bentley's," Ellis said. "I think that would be a lot of fun."
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