Final 5 For Ellis

Four-star defensive tackle Reggie Ellis has now officially narrowed his list of offers down to five lucky schools and we caught up with the Washington D.C., native to get his thoughts on one in particular in the Pittsburgh Panthers. Ellis has already set his official to come see Heinz Field and seems to hold the program in high regard.

Dunbar High School defensive tackle Reggie Ellis has now cut his list down to five schools in Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Alabama and the 6-foot-1, 281-pound lineman is planning to have a decision ready by the end of November. With an official out of the way to Illinois and two upcoming to Alabama and Pittsburgh, we asked him what his feelings were on the Panthers.

"I think that Pittsburgh is in the rebuilding phase right now, but I see a lot of young talent like Pat Bostick and LeSean McCoy at key positions that just need to grow and will bring that program up in the future," Ellis explained. "I also really liked the city when I was up there and feel like I would definitely fit in."

"Another thing that I liked was the coaching staff because they are all very down to earth and really want to win," Ellis said. "There is a strong focus on academic excellence there and I have a good relationship with my recruiter Coach Aubrey Hill. He and I talk about twice a week and I think he is a good recruiter because he always has a smile on his face. When I visited Pittsburgh everything was great, including the facilities and I flat out just felt comfortable and could see myself going there."

As for official visits to Penn State and Maryland?

"I don't have any leaders at this point and I'm not sure about taking officials to the other two schools yet."

Dunbar is currently 6-2 on the season and Ellis claims to have around six sacks. As a junior, he notched 48 tackles, sacked the quarterback seven times and recovered a fumble on his way to being was named All-DC AA and first-team All-District.

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