16: 'What I've been wanting to do my whole life'

DE Brian Ellis, a 6-5, 240-pound edge rusher from South Grand Prairie, opted for the team he had been rooting for since middle school…

"I committed to Texas last Saturday," Brian Ellis told Scout.com. "That’s just what I’ve been wanting to do my whole life, since I was in middle school. Since that time, I’ve watched the Texas-OU game every year and I’ve always pulled for Texas."

Ellis, who also had a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State, is still developing as a defensive end. Playing varsity for the first time his junior season, the Scout.com Texas Top 200 prospect showed enough raw ability and upside to warrant Big 12 South attention.

"The Texas coaches had seen my film before I went to Austin with my mom and dad and they were all talking about it," Ellis revealed. "They said they like my aggressiveness."

The 6-5, 240-pound pass rusher estimated he had somewhere between 60-70 tackles. He could not remember how many pressures he had but said, "Every time the quarterback dropped back, I was there. I don’t keep up with my stats, but I might have had 5-10 pressures a game. I didn’t get any sacks last year, but I should have had three. The quarterback fumbled the ball, so they ended up being counted as forced fumbles instead."

Strengths: "My speed. That’s my best weapon right now."

Areas To Improve: "I need to improve my footwork, and I need to get better at changing direction. I’ve been working on my feet, doing ladder and rope drills, trying to improve that area of my game."

Weight room-numbers: 280 Bench, 410 Squat, 285 Power clean.

Academics: 2.7 GPA, 1130 SAT.

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