Ellis receiving heavy Gopher interest

Most of the Minnesota's staff was at the Sound Body Sound Mind camp in Michigan last week and one defensive lineman that really caught the staff's eye was South Carolina's Jabari Ellis. Ellis spoke with GopherDigest about his recruiting and how interested in Minnesota he truly is.

Most of the Minnesota's staff was at the Sound Body Sound Mind camp in Michigan last week and one defensive lineman that really caught the staff's eye was South Carolina's Jabari Ellis. Ellis spoke with GopherDigest about his recruiting and how interested in Minnesota he truly is.

"I currently have offers from Miami (Fla.), Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Charlotte, Toledo, North Carolina Central, South Carolina State and Western Carolina," Ellis told GopherDigest. "I'm also receiving a lot of interest from Minnesota and Penn State recently as they both saw me last week at Sound Body in Michigan. I'll be camping at one of Penn State's satellite camps in Charlotte soon and I'll be at the Miami camp this weekend. No more visits planned right now other than that."

The South Carolina defensive tackle spoke with Minnesota as recently as last night.

"I spoke with the defensive line coach, Jeff Phelps last night on the phone," Ellis said. "He was getting information from me and asked for my coaches information as well. We were just getting to know one another and he was asking about me basically. We also talked about the Gopher program and what they're about. He said an offer is coming real soon, so there were some important things he said and they're definitely a school I would consider. I think they like me so much as I think one of the best parts of my game is my ability to stand up blockers and drive them into the backfield to then make a play on the ball. I talked with them at the Sound Body Sound Mind camp last week and they liked how I moved for a 285 pound guy, so we'll see what happens with them."

Minnesota isn't the only Big Ten school in the mix now.

"Penn State is another school that's been on me a lot since the camp," Ellis told GopherDigest. "After the one on ones there, three Penn State coaches came over and told me that they'll be recruiting me hard. They actually watched me film on the spot while I was there and that's why I'm going to their camp this week."

Ellis is undecided about when he potentially make his commitment.

"I haven't decided yet when I'll make a decision as it'll be either before the season starts or on signing day. I would appreciate an offer from Minnesota as it'd be a school that I'd definitely consider."


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