Fla. TE standing pat

The good news for UNC is Daytona Mainland tight end Brian Ellis' eyes are wide open to North Carolina. The bad news is they're also fixed on many other top Division I schools.

And, as he told Inside Carolina Tuesday night, he doesn't expect to narrow his decision any more until his high school football career is over later this fall.

"It's wide open, to tell you the truth," said Brian Ellis, a 6-foot-3 and 230 pounder, who along with UNC freshman tailback Vince Wilson, led his team to the Class 5A state championship last year. "I'm probably going to wait until the season ends, and make some visits after football."

To go with UNC's, Ellis has offers from many notables right now, including Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU and beyond. But he emphasized that he considers no one to be a favorite at this point.

"I don't have any top schools right now," he said. "I think [Carolina] a good school. It's not really close by, but I think it's close enough for my family to come see me play."

But put this one in the inactive file for now. Ellis appears in no hurry to accelerate his recruiting process; and neither do the Tar Heels.

Ellis said he has yet to meet any of the Carolina coaches up close, but that he has been in contact on the telephone and through the mail.

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