NW NIKE camp report - Cody Ellis

Cody Ellis is a 6-0, 160-pound WR/DB prospect from Puyallup, Washington, and Ellis was one of the bright spots of the Northwest NIKE camp at Eugene, Oregon. Ellis maximized his time in Eugene, attending the NIKE camp on Saturday as a defensive back and then the University of Oregon mini-camp the following day as a receiver.

"It was awesome," Ellis told Dawgman.com last night about his weekend. "It's the first time I had been to camp before and it was cool being around a lot of good players."

Ellis tore up the turf in the indoor facility at UO, running a 4.34 40, a full tenth faster than the next best time that day. "I ran a 4.35 and the guy was like, 'Go ahead and run it again,' and then I ran a 4.34," he said. "I knew I could run it. I finally wanted to get my times out there." Cody also ran a 3.92 shuttle on his first ever attempt. "I went out there and said, 'What do I do?', and they showed me and I ran it." In addition, Ellis also repped 185 pounds 9 times and jumped 32 inches in the vertical leap.

Cody turned his game around on Sunday and worked with the receivers. "I was going stride for stride with one of the Ting brothers on Sunday," he said, referring to the twins that just verbally committed to play football for USC. "And I don't want to sound conceited at all, but I feel I was the best DB there on Saturday. It was great to get a different perspective. You're always used to getting the same coaching all the time, so it was good to get some different tips and added info."

One coach that was particularly impressed was Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti. "He pulled me aside and said that he's been watching me closely and that he likes what he sees," Ellis said. "I didn't get an offer or anything like that, but we'll see."

Oregon, Washington and Washington State headline Cody's list of favorites. "I'm going to Washington's camp from the 22nd to the 24th, then the whole Wazzu camp. In August I'll be going to Colorado's camp."

Colorado? "I just wanted to see something outside the area," he said. "I've always liked them too."

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