Nation thinks Navy would be a 'good choice'

Ellis "Tre" Nation has been tearing it up this season at Leeds (Ala.) High School. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back has gone for more than 100 yards in each of his first five games of his junior season. Navy was one of the first schools to offer Nation earlier in the year during the spring evaluation period but he now has added a multitude of FBS and FCS offers.

"I'm up to 25 offers total," Nation told "During the very end of the school year, in the spring, Navy came in with their offer. If I'm not going to try to play football after college, I think Navy would be an excellent choice. It's a tough decision because I do have aspirations of playing after college, possibly the NFL, but I do like Navy and what the recruiter told me about the offense and the prestige of the academy. Basically, he said they loved how hard I run and that's why they were offering me. I haven't talked a lot with them since, but I'm not really talking to anybody. I have talked to Alabama briefly but not really anybody else."

Navy also extended an offer to teammate Tadarryl Marshall, a quarterback. The tandem has produced quite an explosive offense at Leeds, located in the Birmingham area, with a 32.6 points-per-game average.

"I've gone for 102 (yards), 163, 205, 156," he said. "I'm hitting the holes quicker this year and making good cuts, but what I'm most proud of is my blocking. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to play as much in the slot this year as I'd like to. I'm a running back and carrying the ball is what I do, but I like to move around and get downfield and make a catch."

Nation's other offers include Cincinnati, Louisville, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, South Alabama, and Georgia Southern. The SEC, however, is showing a lot of interest from schools like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss. Nation has also heard from schools from as far away as Oregon.

"I went to two camps at Alabama this summer," Nation stated. "I was going to go to Auburn's but baseball interfered. Right now, the two schools my family and I have been talking most about visiting are Cincinnati and Louisville. They both have expressed a lot of interest in me. I want to look at offenses that I'll not just fit in well, but can do some of the things I like to do. For instance, I'd like to be in an offense that likes to throw the ball to the running back a lot. I want to play in a fun offense. Education is key for me as well. Navy has an outstanding education, I just need to take a look and think about making that commitment. I'm pretty open though. I think I'll still get some more offers."

Nation was a 1000-yard rusher last year leading Leeds to the 3A state championship game played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

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