The Bulldogs were among the first to offer the 6-4, 225 pounder. The chance to play in the SEC appears to be an intriguing opportunity for the Fletcher High School standout who recently visited Starkville to see what the Bulldogs have to offer.
"I visited last week," Ellington shared. "I enjoyed my visit to Starkville and I definitely plan to come back."
Mississippi State is one of a handful of offers for the talented tight end who is expected to receive even more opportunities once college coaches hit the road for the spring evaluation period.
"Right now, I have offers from Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Mercer, Western Kentucky and Marshall," Ellington said. "Marshall and Western Kentucky would really like me and my teammate, Jaquez Williams to commit as a package deal."
It appears that the Thundering Herd and Hilltoppers have some work to do in order to land the talented duo from the Sunshine State.
"Mississippi State is leading, because I felt at home when I visited and their offense fits my strengths," Ellington revealed.
Bulldog fans may not have to wait too terribly long for a final verdict from Ellington.
"I plan to commit before my senior year, because I plan to enroll early," Ellington explained. "Academics is going to be a big part of things for me too, because I know I'll have to hang up the cleats one day."
Mississippi State is not expected to sign a full 25 scholarships for the signing class of 2016. With graduating seniors Malcolm Johnson and Brandon Hill no longer part of the program and Darrion Hutcherson entering his senior campaign, Coach Scott Sallach will certainly look to add some talent to his personnel grouping in this class.