Back in 2014 Wisconsin went into Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic High School and landed a star running back in Taiwan Deal. A few years later the Badgers are back at Dematha Catholic and offered their rising junior wide receiver, Tino Ellis.
“I found out about the offer through my head coach Elijah Brooks, and he texted me that Wisconsin had offered,” Ellis told BadgerNation. “I was very shocked and surprised by the news that I had it. I am very interested in Wisconsin. It was surprising because Wisconsin was a school I didn’t really have any direct contact with, so it came out of nowhere. I haven’t talked to any coaches yet. Wisconsin is one of those schools it is a blessing to have that opportunity.”
The 6-1, 180-pound Ellis ranks as the No. 55 wide receiver and a four-star recruit with offers from Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Rutgers, amongst many others. With his latest offer from Wisconsin also comes a tight connection with Deal, allowing him the opportunity to learn more about the Badgers through his former teammate.“To be honest I don’t know a whole lot about Wisconsin, but (Taiwan and me) are real close,” said Ellis. “I talk to him every now and then about recruiting. He talks about Wisconsin, but now that I got the offer, he is really going to tell me more about the school. It is definitely a school I could see myself taking a visit to.”
With a long list of suitors, Ellis has seen his recruitment ramp up. It’s a main reason he is in no rush to start trimming his list.
“The recruiting process is going well,” said Ellis. “I had a dead period for about a year with schools, but is picking back up and I have more options.”