Player Spotlight: James Ellison

Jay Ellison, a rising junior at Harris County High School in Hamilton, Ga., is quickly building a reputation of his own. Somewhat overshadowed by senior teammate, Jordan Jenkins, Ellison has been turning a few heads himself at camps and picking up offers along the way.

"South Carolina was the first school to offer me around May 17th," said James Ellison. "Michigan was second, and Ole Miss was number three."

Ellison, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive lineman made 47 solo tackles as a sophomore. He was named 2nd team All-Metro (Columbus, GA). Now he's attending camps in hopes of further establishing himself in the class of 2013.

"I'm going to Auburn on Sunday and Georgia Tech on Saturday," Ellison said. "Then to Alabama, Florida, and UGA."

Ellison is coming off an excellent performance in Knoxville at the Tennessee camp. He went undefeated in one-on-one drills there. The Vols may be a team to watch as the fourth to offer.

"They have real nice facilities," Ellison said of UT. "I liked all of the coaches. They run a good camp. What I liked most was the way the teach the defensive linemen. Lance Thompson takes the time to explain everything."

At the camp, Ellison says he had a vertical jump of 28.8" and ran a 4.9 40-yard dash. In the off season, Ellison wrestled at Heavyweight (285) and placed 8th in the state. He says he could see the results manifest themselves in spring ball.

"I did pretty good," Ellison said. "I felt slimmer and improved in my leverage having wrestled. I think I'm going to stay at the weight I'm at for next season. My goal is to get stronger, get quicker off the ball, and just continue to prepare myself to get better on the field."

Ellison has gone on several visits this spring with Jordan Jenkins. They made a trip together to Auburn and talked with the coaching staff. Having Jenkins in front of him will help give Ellison plenty of ideas on what to seek out in a program.

"I want to see a team that's close together," Ellison said on football programs. "I want to go somewhere I'm comfortable, and that's not too far away from home. Academics are important to me as well. I'm not sure what I what to major in yet, but I look at what kind of programs the school's have to offer."

The Harris County Tigers were only 3-7 last year but lost many of their games by a close margin. Ellison says he will wear jersey No. 55 next season. He participated in the shot put and discus for the track team in the spring. He reports a solid B average in the classroom.

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