D.C. Tackle Likes Heels

While Reggie Ellis isn't quite ready to name favorites, North Carolina is in very good shape with the 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle from Washington (D.C.) Dunbar.

"They're not my favorite, but they're one of my top schools that I'd like to go to," said Ellis. "When I say top, that's a school I'm interested in.

"I like UNC the school and how they are at recruiting, because they came to the scene for Marvin [Austin] late, but they got him. So that says to me that those guys are doing something real good."

Additionally, Ellis has established a solid relationship with primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen. Ellis most recently spoke to him Thursday night.

"Basically, he was telling me about Carolina and how great it would be to have me play next to big Marvin," said Ellis.

Thigpen has also discussed North Carolina's situation at defensive tackle.

"They're only taking one guy," said Ellis. "From what I've been told, they're only going to bring in one guy."

However, North Carolina has yet to extend Ellis a scholarship offer.

"I haven't gotten to that question [regarding a UNC offer]," said Ellis. "Next time I call him, I'm going to ask him that question and see what he has to tell me.

"We've talked about it a few times and he says he's looking into it. But I want to know are they going to or not."

Already, Ellis has received offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.

Earlier in the spring, Ellis attended junior days at Maryland and Virginia. This weekend, he will unofficially visit Penn State in what might be his final visit for a long time.

"I want to use the summer to get ready for my senior season and win a championship," said Ellis. "I don't think I'll [take any visits].

Last season, Dunbar made it to the City Championship Game, but lost by one point to Washington (D.C.) Ballou.

Despite playing in only five games, Ellis collected 47 tackles including seven sacks. Injuries forced Ellis to miss six games. He sustained an ankle sprain and a hyper extended knee. Neither injury figures to affect Ellis in the future.

Before heading into his senior football season, Ellis said he will establish a final list of five schools.

"First of all, I'm looking for a great relationship with the coaches," said Ellis. "I feel like I'm going to be ready to play, so I'm looking for a place where I can play [early]. And I want a great quality of education."

Ellis said he will then wait until after his senior football season is over to make a verbal commitment.

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