RECRUITING: Ellis Takes Work Ethic To Classroom

Kenrick Ellis knows all about hard work on the football field. He plays on both sides of the line for Greenacres (FL) John I. Leonard and does it well enough that he's rated four stars by Scout.com. Classes just started at the school just outside West Palm Beach and the 6-5, 320-pounder is taking his work ethic to the classroom.

(Kenrick Ellis profile)

"School started a couple of weeks ago," Ellis said Thursday night. "My coach loaded me up with all kinds of crazy classes. I have an SAT prep class and Algebra II, stuff I need to go to college and it is harder than I thought. They are giving me the stuff I need to succeed. The SAT prep will help me with the test and counts as a core class. I also did a summer class this summer to help too.

"I am playing both ways and the whole game this year. Right now I am half a game full speed both ways. I need to get all four quarters full speed. I need about another week or so to get used to it. I have to get mentally prepared. The coaches are doing the right thing I just have to be mentally there."

After a loss to Palm Beach Dwyer in a jamboree, Ellis was ready to play but Hurricane Katrin cancelled the first game that counts in the standings.

"We had a big loss last Friday," he said. It was a jamboree … we lost to Dwyer High School. The score was bad. I don't really want to say (what it was). They are a good team and had a lot of experience.

"We made a couple of adjustments this week. Physically we are alright, just not mentally. We have a lot of young kids and most haven't played a game of varsity in their life. We had a great week of practice … we were disappointed that the game was postponed (due to Hurricane). School is out, but I would rather practice or something."

Not much has changed for Ellis in recruiting since the last update. He is still interested in Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and LSU. He won't go much farther than that.

"It's the same people mainly," he said. "I have a few new recruiters. The one new offer I got is from Tennessee. I have the same top six right now, but I am not going to say who stands out the most at this point."

He does tell us what he expects from the schools he is being recruited by and what will have to come from the school he finally decides on.

"The school just has to be real for me," he said. "It's got to be how I fit in the school. I want a nice campus and I want a recruiter that is interested in me."

Ellis took a few moments to talk about some of the recruiters that he has contact with on a regular basis.

MIAMI: "Coach Cristobal I talk to a lot. Cristobal tells you like it is. He is just raw. He says when you come to Miami it's going to be a lot of hard work."

SOUTH CAROLINA: "Coach Steve Spurrier Jr. … I just feel comfortable talking to him."

RUTGERS: "Coach Rizzi from Rutgers, he communicates with me a lot. They had a camp down here and I got to meat the coaching staff and stuff."

FLORIDA: "Coach Doc Holliday is really cool. Doc is just Doc, he has his own category. Everyone down here knows Doc."

He gave us a few more nuggets to chew on as he concluded the interview. He has a good idea where all of this recruiting stuff is leading him and how it is he will get to that final destination.

"I am going to take all my visits, and it will be a near signing day decision," he said. "My coaches at school don't care (where I go). They are just trying to help me get out of Palm Beach County. It is my decision, but I want to see what my mom thinks in the end. I know where I want to go, but I am just going to wait it out and see what happens."


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