Ellington Takes In USC Spring Game

Berkeley (Moncks Corner, SC) star running back Andre Ellington is one of the most explosive backfield prospects in the southeast this recruiting year, and the Palmetto State standout was on hand for South Carolina's annual Garnet and Black Game on Saturday afternoon. Where do the Gamecocks stand with this elite running back prospect following his visit to Columbia? Read inside to find out.

The 6'0, 180 pound Ellington, who runs a 4.4 second forty yard dash, thoroughly enjoyed his time in Columbia and was blown away by the atmosphere at Saturday's Garnet and Black Game.

"I made it to Carolina for their spring game," said Ellington. "There were a lot of people there. I didn't expect there to be that many people there for a spring game. I enjoyed it. I didn‘t have time to meet with the coaches, but I watched the game. I liked the atmosphere. There were so many people, and I would like to play in front of all those people one day."

Ellington is now up to four scholarship offers, and the dynamic playmaker discussed the latest in his recruitment.

"Recruiting is going good. I have offers from Carolina, Kentucky, Clemson, and Maryland. Everyone's about even right now. I‘m just taking my time."

Ellington, who earned All-State honors as a junior last season, shared what he likes about the four schools that have extended offers his way.

South Carolina - "I like their offense, and they have pretty nice coaches. I've met their coaches, and I like them. Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr. is my recruiter. He‘s nice, and he‘s a funny guy."

Clemson - "I like their offense. The type of offense they run gave them two All-American running backs."

Kentucky/Maryland - "I don't know too much about either of them yet. I'll have to look into them."

According to Ellington, who said he could possibly wait all the way until Signing Day to make a decision, he is looking for two primary factors when deciding on the school of his choice.

"The school that can give me good playing time and help me get a good education."

As arguably the number one running back prospect in South Carolina, Ellington has a unique skill set that makes him such a special player on the football field. When asked to describe himself as a player, Ellington shared why he is such a highly touted prospect.

"I have great speed and great vision. I can catch balls out of the backfield or at wideout. I‘m a playmaker with the ball in my hands."

Ellington, who rushed for over 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns last year, closed by sharing what goals he has set for his upcoming senior season.

"I want to rush for over 2,000 yards and get stronger and faster."

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