Ellestad is a four-sport athlete at Armstrong. He also plays soccer, basketball and runs track.
Ellestad finished 10th in both in the long jump (18-3/4) and high jump (5-9) in the Classic Lake Conference meet. He ran a 57.66 in the 400-meter dash Classic Lake Indoor Meet at the University of Minnesota.
His commitment is a bit of a surprise since the Gophers have redshirt freshman scholarship kicker Jason Giannini and redshirt freshman walk-on Joel Monroe.
However, Giannini has struggled at times, missing five extra points and missing a 40-yard field goal in the Gophers' 38-34 loss to Wisconsin.
GoldenSports. Net caught up with Ellestad to talk about his Gopher commitment, a place where he said he "always wanted to come here since I was a little kid."
What camps did you go to this summer?
What offers did you have?
As a kicker, scholarship offers usually come very late, right?
"They come very late. I was shocked that they offered.
When you look at schools and you see a situation where they have two redshirt freshmen, does that concern you at all?
"I was surprised. I thought that they would say that they have two freshman kickers and do not need one, but I was surprised with the offer."
What other sports do you play?
"I play soccer, basketball and track."
What things have you really been concentrating on this season?
"My punting. I have been doing really good with my punting. I'm averaging 43 yards a punt. I've been working on that a lot."
Are teams looking at you more as a field goal kicker or a someone who can kick and punt both?
"My strong points in field goals and kickoffs."