Ellis Leaves Small Opening For Irish

Brooks Ellis issued his verbal pledge to Arkansas on Monday. Still, he spoke highly of Notre Dame and the small crack the Irish could still have down the road.

Monday was a big day for Fayetteville (AR) linebacker Brooks Ellis as he joined two teammates giving their pledges to Arkansas.

"I committed to Arkansas today," said Ellis. "But it's a long process and I was just hoping to get my recruiting out of the way before my season."

While Ellis makes it no secret the ties to staying home are strong, he also knows things can change quickly.

"My mom's side of the family has ties to the program as her dad was a player here at Arkansas," said Ellis. "I have a lot of friends and family here and a lot of people who are supporting me here. All of them wanted me to go here.

"With Arkansas's coaching situation, a new coach could come in and take it away. So it's not completely closed and Notre Dame would definitely be one of my top schools."

While Ellis and the Irish hardly got a chance to know each other, he knows the chance to play for the Irish is something special.

"I know it would be an honor to play football for Notre Dame," said Ellis. "Coach Bob Elliott came down and looked at me during spring practice last week. I guess he liked what he saw as he told the coaches about me and they offered the next day. It's an honor and I'm blessed to have that."

While Ellis knows those close to him are happy and excited about his pledge, he's also watched as things unraveled over the past few months leaving him to keep some options open if needed.

"Right now I'm committed to the program," said Ellis. "I love the coaches here and if they bring in a new coach and he allows me to stay, I would gladly stay.

"However, there is definitely a possibility of visiting Notre Dame. I'm more of a southern guy, but Notre Dame would be an exception because of its prestige and academics."

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