Ellis to Washington

Dawgman.com caught up with Cody Ellis after practice this evening, and he confirmed the good news for Husky fans - he made a verbal commitment to Coach Rick Neuheisel and the Washington Huskies earlier this afternoon. Ellis, from Puyallup, Washington, joins a long and illustrious group of former Vikings that have gone on to play football at Washington, namely Billy Joe Hobert, the Huard brothers and most recently, Todd Elstrom.

"I wanted to get this over with this summer," Ellis said. "But the Huskies is where I've always wanted to be. I thought about it and decided that there was no use waiting any longer to do it."

The 6-1, 175-pound Ellis is being recruited by Washington to be an athlete. "He caught me off guard," Cody said of Neuheisel's phone call to him Wednesday night, the night Washington offered him a scholarship. "He called about a month ago, and then it's been Coach (Randy) Hart since, so I thought things were just going back to the same, but he shocked me a little bit."

It was that call that set the wheels in motion for Ellis. "He said that all you have to do is say the words and you're a Dawg," he said. "My Dad called him the next day to make sure, and he said 'Yes, there is a scholarship waiting for him.'

Cody called Neuheisel back around 1:30 this afternoon to seal his pledge. "I was thinking about it in class and I just realized there was no use putting it off. I called Coach Neuheisel and told him I wanted to be a Dawg. He was real happy and he welcomed me into the family. He said he was happy for me and also for them."

Ellis also has offers from Portland State and Eastern Washington and even set up an official visit to Oregon the weekend of January 10th, but those plans are history. "I don't think I'll be taking that trip," Cody said. "U-Dub's always been my 'home run' school and they were the first ones to show interest."

Now Cody can concentrate on the playoffs. Puyallup hosts Mountain View this next week. Ellis is the Huskies' 7th known verbal commitment, and is the fourth in-state player to decide to stay home for college.

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