After committing to NC State in July of 2006, East Wake CB Dominique Ellis has endured a long wait to finally suit up for the Wolfpack. However, with his academic hurdles cleared, Ellis now finds himself just days away from the official start of his career with the Pack. This past weekend he made his official visit to State and talked with Pack Pride about his status and thoughts on the new coaching regime in Raleigh.
"I'm already admitted," said Ellis. "I got the scores I needed and I'll be enrolling and starting classes in January.
"This weekend was great. I hadn't taken an official visit with the new staff and it was excellent. It was even better with this coaching staff than it was last time. Everyone there is real straight forward. They're not trying to convince you of anything. They're just telling you how it's going to be when you get there. I go to talk to coach O'Brien and coach Reed a lot. We talked about the academic side quite a bit and coach O'Brien was really focused on that."
Ellis was hosted by S Jimmaul Simmons and he got the lowdown on what is expected off the field and the preparation needed headed into the 2008 season.
"It's not so much about weight training," said Ellis. "Really, they don't even let you touch the weights until you get your flexibility right. They're really big on that. They want you to get your speed up before hitting the weights so hard."
Ellis says that the tentative plan is for him to begin his career at cornerback although the door is certainly open for a potential move to free safety at some point. Regardless of the position, Ellis said he feels he can be a productive player for the Pack.
"Coach Reed said they want to start me at CB," said Ellis. "The problem was, I was at 6-0, 200 pounds already so he told me I needed to drop some weight. So now, I'm down to 190 without eating three full meals a day. I'm sure when I get into college and start eating I'm going to put on some weight so I may go to free safety depending on how much weight I gain.
"But cornerback or safety, it doesn't matter to me. I love contact and I'm a ball-hawk. I feel like I'm an Ed Reed type guy at corner. In high school my job was always to lock down the other team's best wide receiver but I know all the receivers in college are going to be good. I love free safety but either position is okay withme."
Ellis was rated a three-star prospect exiting high school. He chose the Pack over UNC, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
SCOUTING REPORT #1: "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. He showed solid cover skills during the combine circuit this spring and more than held his own against some of the nation's best." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
SCOUTING REPORT #2: "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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