NU stands out to Florida running back

Gulliver Prep (FL) running back Bo Ellis was pleasantly surprised when Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald extended him a scholarship offer. Ellis admits the Wildcats do stand out. He discusses the recruiting process in this PW update.

Gulliver (Fla.) Prep running back Bo Ellis had a gut feeling Northwestern would extend a scholarship offer, but wasn't expecting it so soon. When NU coaches reviewed spring highlights of the speedy running back, an offer soon followed.

Ellis, a 5-foot-9, 185-pounder, holds offers from Northwestern, Boston College, Bowling Green, Temple and others. While Ellis does not have a formal list of favorites, his latest offer stands out.

"(Northwestern) will be pretty close to the top of the list, if not number one," Ellis said of his most recent suitor.

NU defensive line coach Marty Long, who recruits the state of Florida, has served as the lead recruiter for Ellis. The two have maintained steady contact during the recruiting process.

A number of specific factors have NU standing out to Ellis, but one key characteristic remains very important.

"The balance (NU) has between the football and their academics," stated Ellis. "It's not all about football but not all about academics, either."

Ellis has been made aware of Northwestern's recent on-field success and its combined academic prestige.

"It's a great school," he said. "They were in bowls the last five year and are one of the top academic schools in the nation. That's pretty good."

Thus far, Ellis has yet to visit Northwestern or many of his schools of interest. His plan is to explore each option during the summer, then plan five schools for official visits during the fall.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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