Rutgers has long-standing ties with Don Bosco Prep, including three current players with starting experience. Ellison said he feels thankful that his in-state university was first to take a chance on him with an offer.
"This really means a lot because it was causing me a lot of stress," Ellison said. "How come everybody else was getting offered and I wasn't? I'm happy that the situation is over and I'm happy that [the first offer] was from Rutgers. The offer came through during a visit from Rutgers tight ends coach Anthony Campnile, who coached at Don Bosco until 2012.
"It was great, I really can't explain the feeling," Ellison said. "It feels really good. He said they loved the way I play. They love my character. They feel like I can make Rutgers a better football team."
Ellison checks in at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds which led to early questions about his college prospects.
"I would say that my work ethic speaks for itself," Ellison said. "The height thing doesn't really faze me at all because I've played against 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7 receivers before and my technique is good enough to shut receivers like that down."
Boston College, Nebraska, Rutgers, Penn State, UCLA, North Carolina State and Wisconsin came in to see Don Bosco in January. With more schools and at least three junior days in his plans – Penn State, Temple and Rutgers – Ellison is eager to build off of his first offer.
"Big ups to [Rutgers] because they were the first ones to pull the trigger," Ellison said. "Also, they're the in-home team. I have a great relationship with coach Campanile and a lot of the players on the Rutgers team."