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 dont keep up with my stats, but I might have had 5-10 pressures a game. I didnt 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. Thats my best weapon right now."
Areas To Improve: "I need to improve my footwork, and I need to get better at changing direction. Ive 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.