Ellis to NC State

NC State has landed another in-state commitment as Wendell (NC) East Wake's Dominique Ellis committed to the Wolfpack coaches this afternoon. Ellis is the 8th verbal for NC State, and he is the second defensive back prospect to commit, joining Garner's Chris Culliver.

"Yes sir, I committed to NC State today," Dominique Ellis told Pack Pride. " In the office was coach Amato, coach Stroud, my dad, and myself when I committed. I got to talk to every coach though before I left... coach Amato, coach Stroud, coach Williams... everybody. They were happy to know that I would be coming there.

"I just kept asking myself what I was waiting for. There was no reason to wait because I have the program I want right there with the best facilities you can get. I'm right up the street from the school, and it's a no-brainer for me."

Ellis committed to NC State over offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, and East Carolina, and he believed an offer from Virginia Tech was on the way had he camped there.

"I had offers from East Carolina, UNC, South Carolina, and State," Ellis said. "South Carolina was the first, then came State and ECU, and Carolina offered me about a week ago.

"I liked all of them, but none of them fit me as a player like State. State just had everything I wanted, and I play with a little swagger... I see that when I watch State."

Ellis stated that his decision was final, and he was done with camps and unofficial visits.

"I will be at the Wolfpack's camp on the 17th and that's it," he said. "If it doesn't have anything to do with the Wolfpack, I won't be doing it."

During his junior season, Ellis played football for Atlanta (Ga.) North Springs, a 1-9 team. While his high school only eked out one victory, Ellis lit up opponents for 87 tackles and 13 interceptions. He also returned a punt and a kick for touchdowns.

Ellis transferred to East Wake to play with and against better talent and also to reunite with players with which he played little league football. For the Warriors, Ellis will play a mixture of free safety and cornerback, and also possibly see time at wide receiver, returner, and punter.

He is the 8th commitment for the Wolfpack, joining fellow in-state standouts Steven Howard, George Bryan, Chris Culliver, Linwan Euwell, Henry Lawson, Justin Whaley, and Sam Jones.

Scouting Report: Dominique Ellis is a player that has been somewhat overlooked, perhaps partly due to the fact he transferred to East Wake High School from Georgia this year. Ellis has a perfect frame for cornerback and a tremendous attitude. His straight-line speed may be a concern but his lateral movement, quickness and change of direction are superb. Showed solid cover skills during the combine circuit this spring and more than held his own against some of the nation's best.


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