After signing four prospects from Florida in 2016, Wisconsin continues to target the talent-rich region in recruiting. One early focal point for the Badgers was Plantation (FL) American Heritage defensive tackle George Ellis III.
Although it has been quiet between the two sides as of late, Ellis has already made a strong relationship with defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield. That is one thing Ellis loves about Wisconsin, along with the possible of playing with cousin and teammate James Houston, one of UW’s top targets in the current recruiting cycle.
“I love Wisconsin, and the fact that I could play there with my cousin Houston increases my chances a lot,” Ellis told BadgerNation. “The fact that I could go to same school for eight years and be teammates for eight years with my best friend is crazy, and not a lot of people can do that. Coach Breckterfield really stresses that to me that it could happen.”
Wisconsin was one of first schools to offer Ellis back in October, one reason why he has such a strong relationship with the staff. Wisconsin was also one of first offers for Houston, so Wisconsin got a good head start on the talented duo.
“Me and Houston are pretty much a package deal,” he said. “We both have similar tastes in schools, so if I had to put money on it, I’d say we both be at the same college. But I’m going to do what’s best for me. Wisconsin is a top option for sure, and they’ll be getting an official visit from me this year. I hope to catch a game with James, and hopefully make a decision on national signing day.”
Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin are the three main power-five schools who have offered both players.
While football is important to Ellis, academics are what he is really looking for in a school. Maintaining a 3.5 GPA in the classroom, Ellis sees great potential at Wisconsin. Wanting to major in business, Ellis has already been looking at top business schools in the country.
“I take a big pride in my grades,” he said. “School teaches me so much more than knowledge, teaches you how to react to situations and how to grow up as a man. My goal is to make it to the N.F.L. and eventually do something for others once I’m done. My mom always taught me to help less fortunate and grades/schooling will allow me to do that, and Wisconsin is one of best football/academics combo in the country. They are definitely in my top three.”