Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco cornerback Daivon Ellison took his official visit to his future home last weekend when he took a trip to Central New York. The new three-star corner detailed his three-day visit to Syracuse.
”It was great,” Ellison said. “We are so much food I couldn’t even eat dinner the second night! But the first night, we went to Dave & Buster’s, then went out with the team. The second day we did campus tours. Since I’m interested in sports management, they set up a meeting for me with the head guy in charge. Then they had me go to a meeting with the team doctors just in case I had any questions or concerns with my knee injury. Then we went out with the team (again).
”The last day, me and my family talked to (defensive backs) coach (Fred) Reed, (defensive coordinator Chuck) Bullough and (head) coach (Scott) Shafer individually. Then we went to the airport. My favorite part was being with the team. It really showed how close the team is. It’s not like they have different crews or anything. If they go out then they all go out and that’s what I love.”
Ellison was hosted by a fellow Garden State defensive back. The two continued the bond that will be necessary in order to develop on-field chemistry. The time together even came with some advice on how to adapt to the college level.
”My host was Rodney Williams,” Ellison said. “He’s a laid back and very determined and focused guy. He was just letting me know how much they need me with the depth of guys they already have. And he stressed to me to run every day this offseason.”
”It was nice to go out there with guys you know and then experience the school with them,” he said. “I think they both (Pickard and Clayton) loved the visit. Let’s just see how the next few weeks play out.”
One of the big highlights of the visit was seeing the new indoor practice facility. It’s a place he plans on spending a lot of time when he arrives on campus over the summer.
”I love the indoor (practice facility),” Ellison said. “The first thing I’m going to do after I move in my dorm is go straight there and workout.”
The visit served a purpose for Ellison, despite already being committed. Even though there was no though of straying, the official further solidified in his mind that choosing Syracuse was the right decision.
”Yes,” Ellison said. “If any school were to come to me, I wouldn’t even want to talk to them. I’m that set and 100% with ‘Cuse.”
Ellison was recently upgraded from a two-star to a three-star prospect in Scout’s final rankings before signing day. In fact, he is now the 48th best player at his position in the 2015 class. While Ellison thought the distinction was a good one, he is focused on more important things going forward.
”It doesn’t mean anything to me,” he said. “Yeah it’s nice to be a top 50 CB, but rankings don’t mean anything. I wasn’t even aware of the change until you just told me. I guess it’s cool.”