Florida Wideout Talks About Trip to NC State

Ryan Ellis is one of Florida's most productive wide receivers and he recently made a trip to State on an unofficial visit. We talked with him about the trip.

It is safe to say that there will be few quarterback-wide receiver combinations in the country more lethal than Tim Tebow and Ryan Ellis from Nease High School in St Augustine, Fla. Last season the two hooked up for nearly 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns. Along the way, Tebow emerged as one of the nation's most sought-after signal callers with Ellis receiving his fair share of recruiting attention as well.

To show that last year wasn't a fluke, the duo took their air show on the road to Alabama for a nationally televised showdown with perennial power, Hoover High School. Although Nease eventually lost the game 50-29, Ellis made an impressive assortment of catches- finishing the game with 11 catches for 206 yards and one touchdown.

To date, Ellis has received scholarship offers from Kansas State and Southern Miss. NC State has talked about an offer but Ellis told Pack Pride the Pack hasn't made it official just yet.

"Well, State has told me I've got a soft offer," said Ellis. "What they meant by that was that it had to be run by coach Amato first. Coach Amato told us when he was addressing all of the recruits that they don't make a lot of early offers. They said they might make me an offer by the third or fourth game."

Ellis did get his first chance to see the Wolfpack in person this weekend and he came away extremely impressed.

"Overall it was a very good trip," he said. "I went to the stadium and I was like, is this a pro or college stadium. Everything looked so new and that weight room is second to none. I've never seen anything like that. I really loved the room with all the trophies and really it felt like home.

"I got to talk to coach Trestman for about five minutes and I could tell he really knows his stuff and he's just a positive influence on the people around him."

As for favorites, Ellis said that Kansas State, Southern Miss, NC State, Florida, Alabama, Wake Forest and Colorado headline his list. For now, the senior receiver seems content to focus on his senior season and let recruiting take care of itself.

Ellis said that he originally had hoped to make a decision before his senior season but has now pushed that back to around the fourth or fifth week of the season. When the time comes, the talented wideout knows exactly what he'll be looking for.

"The first thing I'm looking at is academics," said Ellis. "With me, a degree is first and football comes second. You've got to have that degree to fall back on.

"Next would be the offense and how you're going to fit into it. Plus, you have to like you're playing around. Third would be the coaches"

Ellis projects as a full academic qualifier. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.


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