Ellis Ready For The Primetime

Nease (FL) High School wide receiver Ryan Ellis is about to get a true taste of big-time football. Although he has already experienced hundreds of college coaches and scouts coming by his high school scoping out top talent, Ellis will soon make his first national television appearance when his Nease High School team takes on Hoover (AL) High School at the end of August.

"We start on August 1st and we're all anxiously awaiting that," Ryan Ellis said. "We have a little game where we play a half against the Bolles School, but our first actual game is Hoover High School in Alabama on August 27th on ESPN. We're real excited about that."

Ellis, a 6'2, 180-pound receiver, is not only excited these days about the opportunity to play on national television, but also the opportunity to do so at the next level as well. In recent months, Ellis has picked up a couple of offers from national powers that will allow him to play on TV weekly.

"Teams looking my way at this point include an offer from Kansas State, one from Southern Miss, and a soft offer from N.C. State. I'm really hoping on one from Wake Forest along with that. I've been hearing a lot from Auburn, a little from Florida, and Illinois has been sending me a lot."

Though Ellis has received these offers from national powers, it hasn't been without hard work. He attended a camp at Ole Miss earlier this year and has also worked hard with his team as well. "We've got workouts every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday," Ellis said. "We lift in the morning, have team meetings, position meetings, then go outside and do stuff out there."

Ellis also attended a 7-on-7 at Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, North Carolina as well which allowed him to visit Wake Forest. "We went to Lenoir-Rhyne College and went to their 7-on-7," Ellis said whose team won all but one game over the stretch of the tournament. "I did very well overall. I don't think I had but maybe 2-3 drops in the 5-6 day period."

"We were up in Hickory and we took a look at Wake," Ellis continued. "We saw the facilities and they showed us the weightroom and everything. They've been showing a lot of interest. I get letters a lot but I'm going to call one of the coaches [Wednesday night] and just check-in."

Ellis, who accumulated 1,392 yards and 17 touchdowns on 73 catches as a junior, was named All-State this past season.

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