Ellis, a 5-foot-11 180-pound cornerback from Wendell (N.C.) East Wake, has scheduled an official visit with UNC for January 19th and N.C. State for January 26th.
"I show interest in teams that show interest in me and right when Coach Amato was let go, Coach [Kenny] Browning was down at my school the next day," said Ellis. "He said he wanted a shutdown corner."
Since Browning reconnected with Ellis, the two now speak two to three times a week.
Ellis has yet to speak to Butch Davis personally, but was invited to do so a few weekends back and had pass due to a schedule conflict.
In Saturday's Shrine Bowl, Ellis might see some time at wide receiver, but will be one of the more important members of the North Carolina secondary.
"I'm playing both [cornerback and safety] actually, it depends on what personnel is in," said Ellis. "I might go to strong [safety], I might go to free [safety], but I'm still going to play a lot of corner."
For East Wake, Ellis played wide receiver and cornerback, while returning punts and kicks. He ended his senior season with 72 tackles and six interceptions returning three for touchdowns. Offensively, Ellis caught 42 passes for 700 yards and ten touchdowns. He added five more touchdowns on kick and punt returns.