With all the tools, Ellis is very explosive, with great strength, who pursues sideline to sideline better than probably any lineman in the state. He could be the top overall defensive player on the West Coast following his senior season.
He attended UCLA's Junior Day in February. On Sunday he participated, for the day, in UCLA's football camp which is currently underway on campus. He is, obviously, one of UCLA's top targets.
In late March, Ellis said that UCLA and USC were his co-leaders. In the last three months, more schools have been added to his list, and now he said he wouldn't be able to name a leader. Offered by a number of schools, Ellis said, though, that he has trimmed his list to five colleges. "I'm hearing the most from UCLA, Miami, USC and LSU. Those are the schools that I am most interested in right now," Ellis said. He is also interested in Oregon, but is not fond of the artificial turf at Oregon's Autzen Stadium. "The turf is too much for me. I like grass."
Ellis intends to take official recruiting trips to all five schools. "I want to see the campuses, and that kind of thing," he said. "I've never been to LSU or Miami. I've been to UCLA and USC a bunch of times. I know those two schools quite well. Even though I have already been to UCLA and USC I want to take official visits to both schools."
Schools are recruiting Ellis as a defensive lineman rather than name a specific position on the line. "I can play all four positions, and I just consider myself a D-lineman."
As far as a time frame for making a decision on a school, he said, "After I take my five trips, that's probably when I'll decide. Because that is basically all I am really waiting for – is to take my trips and we'll see."
All the coaches from those five schools have made good impressions on Ellis. "LSU and UCLA coaches have done the best job of selling their schools."
Ellis scored an 820 on the SAT and carries a 2.9 GPA.