2005 DB Prospect Kevin Ellison

Running for 1,400 yards as a tailback and making 95 tackles as a safety, 6-1, 215-pound <b>Kevin Ellison</B> of Redondo Union High is versatile. He also knows about recruiting since his older brother went through the process twice...

One of the more versatile junior football prospects in Southern California is Redondo (Calif.) Redondo Union athlete Kevin Ellison, 6-1, 215.

The younger brother of Oregon State safety Keith Ellison, Kevin was a First Team All-CIF Division IV selection at running back for Redondo after a junior campaign which saw him rush for 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns while also recording 95 tackles, 8 for loss, 2 interceptions (1 for a touchdown) and a pair of sacks at strong safety.

"This year I'd like to rush for 2,000 yards but most importantly, I want to make it farther in CIF. We keep losing early in the playoffs, and I want to go farther."

Early on, Ellison is hearing from Oregon, Oklahoma, USC, Colorado, Nebraska and Northwestern, as well as UCLA, though he has no offers to date. He has spoken to the coaches at Oregon State as well, where his brother signed this past February.

"We've talked about playing in college together, it would be pretty cool, but it's not going to be my number one decision when I choose," said Ellison, who says he is wide open right now. "I'm in no hurry to make my decision. I am going to take my time, and be comfortable with who I decide on."

For the summer, Ellison has designs on doing the camp circuit, getting started this weekend at the Nike Combine at East L.A. College, then the Stanford and Oregon Nike Camps this summer. In addition, he plans to attend the UCLA and USC camps.

With Keith having already been through the recruiting process twice (once out of high school and then as a JC player), Kevin knows he can lean on his older brother whenever necessary, but realizes that ultimately he will make the decision and his process will be different. "Keith never really talked about what happened with San Diego State (he left after his freshman year, transferring to El Camino College), but he told me that after while, the process just gets tedious. He told me to do what I feel comfortable doing," said Ellison.

In addition, having had one son already go through the process, his mom has been encouraging as well. "She doesn't have a preference, she just wants me to do what's right for me." Ellison stated he would like to take all five of his trips, but if the right offer came along, he could end it. "I could end up committing if I felt the situation was right, but I think I am going to wait it out."

Ellison has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1020 on his SAT, already qualifying him for college.


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