Syracuse landed their third cornerback in the 2015 class and third player from key pipeline state New Jersey on Monday when Daivon Ellison verbally committed. Don Bosco assistant Drew Lascari believes the Orange are getting a strong cover corner.
”Daivon is a really good player for us,” Lascari said. “He’s physical, explosive, is great in man coverage, has excellent hips and works very hard. He’s just a quality corner who can do a little bit of everything.”
While Ellison’s size is a concern, Lascari believes he makes up for that with his other skills.
”I think he’s ready to contribute right away,” Lascari said. “Obviously the biggest question with him is his size as he’s only about 5-foot-8. But he’s gone up against big division one receivers when we’ve played St. Thomas Aquinas and schools like that.
”He more than holds his own and proves that he can handle those assignments. He shuts them down more times than not.”
Ellison projects as a cover corner in college, but Lascari believes he can contribute in other ways as well. His physical play suggests he can help on special teams and against the run.
”His physical play will help at the next level,” Lascari said. “He’s not afraid to mix it up and come down in run support. He can hit like a brick even with his size. His hips and speed are things you just can’t teach. He’s good in coverage and he plays bigger than his size.”
Lascari calls Ellison one of Don Bosco’s leaders. He is also solid in the classroom and should have an issue qualifying.
”Off the field he is definitely a leader for us,” Lascari said. “He has been a three-year starter and was a special teams player when we were champs in the 2011 season. So he knows what it takes to win.
”In the classroom, I’m not going to say he’s an elite performer. But he’s got a solid 2.6, 2.7 GPA. He will qualify just fine and does what he needs to there.”