Fourth New DL Offer: Ellis the Dominator

He's not the biggest guy for a defensive lineman. But Washington D.C. DL Reggie Ellis has been to four combines in the past four months: The Army Combine, the Elite Combine, Scout.com Pitt Combine, and the PSU Nike Combine, and dominated them all. Has Michigan taken notice?

D.C. Dunbar Defensive lineman Reggie Ellis measured 6-2, 275 pounds at the Army Combine this past January in San Antonio, and ran a 4.97 sec. 40 and a 4.65 shuttle. He also recorded a 2.5. inch vertical jump. Good-not-great stats, especially the height-weight ... but for his performance in the OL-DL one-on-ones he was named to Scout.com's Army All-Combine Team.

GoBlueWolverine took some notice of Ellis at the Army Combine, but we were more into watching the already-famous O-linemen in attendance, even though Ellis made them look not-quite-so-famous.


Ellis revs up at Army Combine

But it was at the Scout.com Pitt Combine a week ago that GBW really took notice. We went over to the OL-DL one-on-ones to watch U-M offeree Chris Henderson. Henderson put on an excellent performance, but the guy that really dominated was Ellis (who was named Scout.com Pitt Combine DL MVP).

Reggie has an explosive and super-fast first step that gets him around offensive linemen before they know what hit them. He single-handedly disrupted the OL-DL drills he was so dominant. The outgoing Ellis also spent his time between snaps playing 'unofficial team captain' to the other DL's, patiently taking most of them to the side and teaching them, one by one, how to approximate his first step.

Scout.com's Bob Lichtenfels wrote about Ellis' Pitt performance: "This was the third combine of the year for Reggie Ellis and he has been basically unstoppable at each one. The Washington (D.C.) Dunbar defensive tackle is incredibly quick off the snap and is a very good leverage player. He initiates contact quickly and sheds blockers and gets up-field. Ellis likes to talk, but he backs it up every time."


That first step!

And this past weekend Ellis was once again the unofficial top DL performer at the PSU Nike Camp.

GoBlueWolverine spoke to Reggie during the Pitt Combine, asking him whether Michigan had offered him or was recruiting him. He said, "Michigan State?" We said, "No, Michigan." He said, "Michigan State has offered me. Michigan -- no." But then he thought a second and added, "But they have started recruiting me hard lately ... they have been text-messaging me a lot recently."

Ellis told us at the time that his offers were from (besides MSU): "Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse."

Well, Ellis has to wait no longer for his Michigan offer. GoBlueWolverine has confirmed that Reggie now has a scholarship offer from U-M, the fourth new DL offer in the past week (for the other three, click for U-M DL Recruiting Hot). Stay tuned for more on Ellis from GBW.

Ellis has snuck under the radar for quite a while for a couple reasons. One is his less-than-huge size for a DT ... and his test-numbers are good-but-not-great as well. The other reason is that he only played in five games as a junior due to injuries to his ankle (sprain) and knee (hyper-extended). Still, in those five games he had 47 tackles and five sacks -- a season's worth for a DT.

The effects of his '06 injuries are obviously well behind him -- and colleges are fast learning to overlook his 'testing stats' and look at his on-field performance.

Some guys are fast and/or strong -- and some guys are strong/fast on the field, where it counts. That is Reggie Ellis.

Will he be a defensive tackle in college? Reggie has a big enough frame to put on 15 more pounds and keep his fast first step. So -- yes.


GBW speaks with Ellis at Pitt Combine


Ellis at Pitt Combine


The outgoing Ellis (left) at Army Combine

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