Nebraska prep QB gaining strong interest

Nebraska prep quarterback Christian Ellsworth has strong interest from across the country.

The state of Nebraska hasn’t produced very many Division I quarterbacks over the past few years, but Grand Island high school product Christian Ellsworth has the potential to be one.

The 2016 prospect threw for nearly 1,300 yards in eight games last season, with a 7-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio. His completion percentage was right around 70 percent.

“I feel like I can do everything they are looking for in a quarterback in that offense,” said Ellsworth when asked about in-state Nebraska, one of several schools showing interest in the 6-foot-4, 212-pound prospect.

“Nebraska is probably the biggest or one of the biggest pushing for me to camp right now.”

Ellsworth popped up on quite a few radars in January, when the Nebraska prep had a strong showing at the Army Combine in San Antonio. In raining conditions, the junior completed every one of his passes during air-drills and in 1-on-1s completed 9-of-11 throws.

“I knew that going down there, I was probably going to get overlooked,” said Ellsworth, when asked about the challenges of being a quarterback from Nebraska. “I would have to show out in the 1-on-1s. It was a slow track with the rain and I knew that my times weren’t going to be very good. I’m a guy that has to battle for that 4.8 to 4.9. I knew that 1-on-1s were a big for me.”

The weather didn’t bother him.

”I was used to it,” said Ellsworth. “It was sleeting a bit. A lot of those kids didn’t know how to handle themselves. They weren’t mentally strong like I was. I just went out there and competed. I credit my quarterback coach for getting me ready and prepared to make all the throws they would ask me to make.”

Besides Nebraska, schools like Wyoming, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, and Cincinnati are showing interest in the signal-caller. Ellsworth hopes to camp and visit junior days for as many schools as he can.

In February, he visited the Craig Bohl and the Cowboys.

“The Wyoming staff is really nice and I think it would be a nice fit – they made it seem like it would be,” said Ellsworth. “They brought out a lot of Nebraska guys out there. It was cool to see them reaching into the state and realizing the talent we have in Nebraska.

“I feel like I’m definitely in their top five at QB. They said they don’t usually offer in the spring. They really want to see the quarterbacks at camp. I was talking with the quarterback coach and he really liked my size and intangibles. There are always going to be improvements, but likes what he sees right now.”

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