Ellis: Expecting To Play DE

Wake Forest dipped into the Peach State for the commitment of defensive end/linebacker Derricus Ellis. Ellis, who currently has a brother on the Wake Forest football team, plans to sign with Wake Forest on February 6th.

In his senior campaign, Derricus Ellis proved to be a jack of all trades, playing running back/fullback on offense and defensive end/linebacker defensively for Darlington School. Ellis led Darlington School into the 2nd round of the playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Buford, leaving his team 8-3 on the season. For the year, Ellis rushed for 1,123 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also made 57 tackles and sacked the quarterback four times on the season.

On signing day, Ellis will officially declare where he will take his talent to college as he will sign his letter-of-intent with Wake Forest, making him a member of the Demon Deacon football program. In doing so, he will join brother Chantz McClinic on the Demon Deacons' football team.

Ellis, a 6'2, 235-pound force, played running back and linebacker this past season for Darlington School, a private school in Rome, Georgia. At the next level, however, he believes he will start his career at defensive end for the Demon Deacons. "It looks like defensive end," Ellis said. "I talked to Coach Henry about it." Ellis believes this gives him the best opportunity to see the field quickly in Winston-Salem.

"[Coach Henry] came to Rome [last week] and I talked to him about stuff and he said definitely defensive end," Ellis noted. "He said I had a shot to play early. It is not definite that I would be red-shirted as if I came and played well enough I could play."

Ellis, named to the Rome News-Tribune All-Area team as well as his team's MVP, will enroll at Wake Forest for the second summer session in early July. He held offers from Duke and Vanderbilt before deciding on Wake Forest.


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