USC offer for Ellison

Kevin Ellison had a very eventful evening on Wednesday night when he received calls from both the USC and Colorado coaching staffs offering him a scholarship. Both are soon to follow-up by putting those offers in writing and sending them to the Ellison home. He talks about where these schools now fit into his plans with the others that have already extended scholarships.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
40 time: 4.68
Bench: 320
Squat: 430
Clean: 260
Vertical:'31
From: Redondo Beach, California
High School: Redondo Union

"I like both of those schools - it was a good night," said Ellison. "USC is real close to me. They are about a 10-15 minute drive from my house and my parents could come watch me play. They have a great football tradition and they just won the national title. Coaches Brennan and Pete (Carroll) called to offer me and they said they would get it in the mail today (Thursday). I should get it tomorrow.

"Coach (running backs coach Shawn) Simms called to offer me from Colorado and said that it would be here in a couple days. Colorado is in the Big 12 and they are usually pretty good. They are 3-1 on the season so they are having a good one so far. I am interested to find out more about them."

The Trojans and Buffs join Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, and Washington as Ellison's current, written offers.

Arizona is a major player for him because of what they are trying to do defensively. "Their coaches have a reputation for beind defensive-minded and I like that. They also have a repuation for turning programs around."

No college is standing out for him.

"Right now, all of them are my favorite schools. I am only going to seriously consider the schools that have offered me so those are the ones."

Redondo Union is 3-1 on the season. He has 468 yards rushing with eight touchdowns. Receiving, he has six catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he has 34 tackles, six of them for losses, and two fumble recoveries.

Defense looks to be his ticket to the next level. "Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, and Oregon State like me at linebacker. USC and Washington like me at safety. I like both positions so it doesn't matter which one I play."

One thing that does matter to Ellison is getting early playing time at his school of choice. "Getting some playing time is important to me. I would like to get some fairly early. I mean, I don't expect to come in anywhere and start as a true freshman, but I wouldn't mind getting some time right away. The other thing that matters to me is how comfortable I feel with the program. I plan on taking all five of my official visits before deciding."

Will he take an official to USC with its close proximity? "It all depends on how my other visits work out. If I can take five trips out-of-state then I will not make an official one to 'SC. But, if I don't take five out-of-state I will use one of them to visit there."

His parents do not have a preference on where he goes. "They don't mind where I go. They are leaving it up to me. It would be nice to stay near home but I wouldn't have a problem leaving, either."

Ellison will be going to the Coliseum this weekend to take in the Cal game. He does not have any official visits scheduled. "I will start setting them up either next week or the week after."

Redondo Union takes on Inglewood, tonight.

He carries a 2.8 core GPA and scored a 1020 on his SAT.


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