The NU coaches have shown interest throughout his recruitment, but have not offered. Tomorrow, Ellwanger enters Northwestern's camp with a chip on his shoulder and his hopes high.
"My whole future is riding on how I do tomorrow," Ellwanger said. "If I do well, I can have a lot of things go my way. A great school, great education, play for a great coach—literally everything is on the line."
For Ellwanger, Monday's camp is his opportunity to prove to the NU coaches that he is worthy of a scholarship.
"I'm a kid that's not a five-star on Scout, I've got a lot to prove," Ellwanger said. "That's just another incentive for me to do well. If I can do well, compete, and be a playmaker, that will help me out a lot."
In April, Ellwanger—a lifelong Northwestern fan—visited campus for the first time as a recruit. During the visit, he met with the NU coaching staff, who encouraged him to attend a camp in Evanston.
Ellwanger arrived in Evanston on Sunday afternoon, and is getting prepared for his big Monday. With months of preparation in the bag, the talented safety hopes to impress the coaches in-person.
"Ever since the visit, I've known I'm going to have to show what I have in camp," Ellwanger said. "They've seen my film, but the film can only go so far. They have to see my speed and reactions. If I can do well, good things can happen."
After visiting in April, Ellwanger has trained every day and literally never taken a day off—often working out twice per day. In the offseason, Ellwanger has added 25 pounds of muscle to his frame, and has cut his 40-yard-dash time down to a 4.5 flat.
Ellwanger has put forth the work—now, he's hoping it all pays off.
"All this is I got to show the coaches I can compete," Ellwanger said. "I got to play to my capabilities to show them I have the potential. This is all about finding the recruits who have the potential to play in college. I got to prove that to them."
This week, Ellwanger is set to attend a camp at Indiana, Miami, Akron, and Liberty, and is also planning on going to Western Michigan and Ball State. However, Ellwanger admits, if the Wildcats were to offer, his recruitment would be over.
"If I got an offer tomorrow, I'd definitely commit on the spot," he said. "Getting an offer from a school like Northwestern—there's no one that can beat that."