Ga. DT Receives UNC Offer

North Carolina is the most recent school to offer Jay Ellison, a 6-foot-1, 278-pound defensive tackle from Hamilton (Ga.) Harris County.

"They offered me like two weeks ago," Ellison said. "I had talked to a coach like two weeks before, but he didn't say anything – he just said they were interested in me. And then he called Coach [Tommy] Parks, told him that they had offered, and then my coach told me about it."

In total, eight schools have offered Ellison a scholarship – Auburn, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

"I'm interested in every school that has offered me," Ellison said. "With North Carolina, I don't know much about it really."

With that said, Auburn has emerged as a leader for Ellison.

"Auburn has a great atmosphere," Ellison said. "I like the coaches – they have a good family vibe going on."

Auburn is the only school Ellison has visited since the end of the football season. He attended the Tigers' Junior Day a couple of weeks ago.

During the football season, Ellison attended a couple football games at Auburn and also a game at Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Ellison is in the process of scheduling a school tour that will include UNC, which he expects will help improve his knowledge of the program and school.

"I don't know the dates, but I'm going to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Clemson," Ellison said. "It's going to be like one road trip. It might be towards the end of spring. If not, it will be in the summer."

During each visit, Ellison will be focused on how he feels on campus and around each respective coaching staff.

This fall, Ellison will be a four-year starter for Harris County. He ended his junior season with eight sacks and 58 tackles.

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