"I'm not going to be taking any more officials," said Dominique Ellis. "I'm 100-percent committed to the Wolfpack. I'm not looking at any other schools, and I'll definitely be at State this fall."
What did it for Ellis?
"I had already taken an official to State, so I knew all I needed to know about the school. I just needed to get a feel for the new coach and see what he was all about. I got to talk to him at the State-BC basketball game, and that was all I needed. He's definitely the right guy for the program. He knows what he wants to do, and I know he's going to get it done.
"Once I finished talking to Coach O'Brien, I got up with the coaches of the other schools recruiting me and let them know my decision. I thanked them, because I did appreciate the attention, but told them I couldn't see myself anywhere else. I'm just excited to get up there and get started next year."
Ellis, a 5-11, 185-pound prospect, thinks he can contribute early for the Pack.
"The coaches aren't sure whether I'll be a safety or a corner, but I'll definitely play defensive back for them. At first I think they wanted to start me out at cornerback, but they've been impressed with my hitting ability and physicality. I think they want to give me a look at safety because of that.
"The biggest thing I plan on doing for the team is bringing some youthful energy. I'm going to come in with a team-first attitude, and I'll do whatever it takes to help the team win. They already have a good foundation, but now we're working on getting more pieces in place."
Ellis might serve as an unofficial recruiter for the new NC State staff in the coming weeks leading up to Signing Day.
"I've already taken my official, but I know they're going to have a couple more big days for visits. I'm going to try to get up there on my own and be around the guys that might be on the verge of making a decision. I want to do anything I can to help this program."
Ellis is rated a three-star prospect according to Scout.com, and is ranked the No. 59 safety in the nation. Before closing the recruiting process he received offers from UNC, Virginia Tech, Louisville and South Carolina, among others. Scouting Report: "Dominique Ellis is an undersized but active strong safety who is excellent in press coverage and makes up ground well against the number two receiver on his side. Will require help against a bigger tight end, but plays well in the air to overcome a few inches in height. Able to play in the box and has a cornerback attitude that just keeps coming back after any bad plays." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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Wendell (NC) East Wake Cornerback Dominique Ellis