Ellis, a 5-foot-11 180-pound defensive back from Wendell (N.C.) East Wake, plans to camp at South Carolina (June 10th), N.C. State (team and individual), East Carolina, North Carolina (June 16th), and Virginia Tech (July 17th).
Until the Tar Heels get Ellis in camp, he is among the most highly recruited non-offered prospects on UNC's recruiting board.
"I talk to [Coach Kenny Browning] twice a week," said Ellis, whose cousin is former Tar Heel and current NFL'er Greg Ellis. "He is just keeping my mind on UNC and telling me to focus on finishing this semester strong and stuff like that.
"He said I'm basically on the top of their boards defensive back wise, they are just waiting to see me [in camp]."
For their efforts, the Tar Heels are right in the mix of favorites.
"Right now [UNC is] number two on my board after South Carolina – them and Virginia Tech are even at second place," said Ellis. "I'm still wide open though.
"[UNC is] around my home, they're building that program up to become a major challenger, and they're getting a lot of recruits – plus my teammate, Aleric Mullins."
Although a North Carolina offer would change his favorites list, Ellis doesn't plan to verbally commit upon receiving the offer.
"I'm not going to commit early," said Ellis. "I don't really have a set date, yet. It's just how strongly I feel about a school. If I feel strong enough and the school has a strong interest in me, I will make a decision."
During his junior season, Ellis played football for Atlanta (Ga.) North Springs, a 1-9 team. While his high school only eked out one victory, Ellis lit up opponents for 87 tackles and 13 interceptions. He also returned a punt and a kick for touchdowns.
Ellis transferred to East Wake to play with and against better talent and also to reunite with players with which he played little league football. For the Warriors, Ellis will play a mixture of free safety and cornerback, and also possibly see time at wide receiver, returner, and punter.