Season Wrap-Up: Brandon Ellerbe

The play of North Carolina verbal commitment Brandon Ellerbe was one of the few bright spots for Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County's 2010 football season.

"I did have a good year, but it's not all about me – it's about the team," Ellerbe said. "In my big [statistical] games, it was thanks to the team supporting me. But we didn't win as much as we wanted and that's what matters most."

Despite boasting Ellerbe and the state's top recruit in Stephone Anthony, Anson ended the season 3-8 and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

"We had a young offensive line, but we really can't blame them," Ellerbe said. "As captains, we didn't step up to the plate."

After starring at tailback in 2009, Ellerbe primarily quarterbacked Anson's run-heavy option offense this season. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder accounted for 21 total touchdowns.

"I'm going to be honest with you, passing-wise I wasn't as comfortable," Ellerbe said. "But running-wise, I was comfortable because I just turned into a running back."

Ellerbe also played safety, the position UNC is recruiting him for, sparingly. He ended the season with three interceptions, 17 tackles, and a sack.

Ellerbe will also play safety for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl on Dec. 18.

"To me it was a big honor [being selected to the Shrine Bowl]," Ellerbe said. "Also, it's played on my birthday. I thought that would be a cool birthday present for me to be out there playing live against the guys from South Carolina and with my boys here in my home state."

Despite his commitment to UNC, Ellerbe has continued to visit other schools and schedule outside official trips.

"I'm still with Carolina right now," Ellerbe said. "But if I see something better and I'm impressed by it, it's going to be pretty hard to decide on. But I'm not making any more [changes to my commitment] until Signing Day."

Unofficially, Ellerbe visited Clemson for the NC State game and Virginia Tech for the East Carolina game. He'll be in Chapel Hill this weekend for the UNC-Virginia Tech game and Athens for the Georgia-Georgia Tech game.

Ellerbe has scheduled an official visit to Clemson during the weekend of Jan. 14 and is in discussions with several schools, including Georgia, about setting something up.

Additionally, Ellerbe has scheduled his UNC official visit for the weekend of Dec. 5.

"I picked that weekend, because I wanted to wait until after the football season was completely done," Ellerbe said. "I talked to [Sam] Pittman about it and he said [the basketball team] was playing Kentucky. So I said I wanted to see Kentucky play in-person against Carolina, so I set the visit for that day."

Ellerbe communicates with someone from UNC – mainly Pittman, his area's recruiter – every week.

"We don't always talk about football," Ellerbe said. "We talk about life. We talk about family."

Ellerbe also communicates often with fellow UNC verbal commitment and Shrine Bowler Marquise Williams.

"It's like we're getting closer the more we [communicate]," Ellerbe said.

Ellerbe says he projects as a full qualifier by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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