Deacs Lead for Ellis

Three weeks ago linebacker Derricus Ellis told DeaconSports.com that three schools were sticking out. While he's not close to committing, one school now has a bit of an edge.

"If I had to pick a leader right now it would be Wake," said Ellis, who at 6-2 and 235-pounds is being recruited to play linebacker or defensive end. "When I went down there I really liked the coaches and the players. The fan support was really nice to see too. I just think I'd fit in well there."

Ellis is still planning on taking an unofficial visit to Wake Forest with his brother in the next couple of weeks. He recently returned from a church mission trip off the coast of Texas, where he worked with young kids, and was removed from recruiting for a while.

"I've been hearing more from Alabama recently," Ellis continued. "Coach (Major) Applewhite is recruiting me for them and they seem pretty interested. I haven't been over there but I might try to get there sometime. They haven't offered though."

Wake Forest, Duke and Vanderbilt are still the only three schools that have offered Ellis a scholarship. While he doesn't plan on committing until just before the start of his senior season, he might not take many more visits.

"I think I'm going to Vanderbilt for a day to check out the school, but I don't think I'll take official visits. I want to make my decision before the end of the summer, so it'll be a little while but not too long."

Darlington School has participated in several local 7 on 7 passing camps and has performed well against bigger 4A and 5A programs from Georgia. Ellis said he and his teammates are targeting their agility and quickness as areas to improve on this summer.


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