Illinois LB Opens Things Up

Flossmoor (Ill.) Homewood-Flossmoor linebacker Russell Ellington has backed away from his verbal commitment to Iowa State and now several schools are in hot pursuit. Ellington has several scholarship offers and he says he's going to take a step back and do his homework before giving a verbal commitment.

Ellington, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, is quite an athlete. As a junior, Ellington had 30 tackles and 4 interceptions, returning one of those interceptions back for a 101 yard touchdown. Russell was also an outstanding wide receiver and had 818 yards receiving with 8 touchdowns.

Ellington gave Iowa State his verbal commitment but a talk with his mother made him take a step back and re-evaluate his recruiting situation.

"I decided to open my recruitment back up," said Ellington. "After talking to my mom, we just decided that I needed to see and hear what all the other schools had to offer and say.

"This time I'm going to take my time, take my visits, do my homework and then I'll make my decision. I'm looking at a lot of schools right now.

"Iowa State is still very much on my list. I also have offers from Wake Forest, Western Michigan, Michigan State, Akron, Central Michigan and Eastern Illinois.

"My top schools right now are Iowa State, Iowa, Wake Forest, Michigan State,Purdue, Illinois and Wisconsin. I have an official visit set up with Iowa State on September 15th for their game with Iowa. I'm also going to visit Wake Forest in September but I don't have a hard date set yet."

Former Vikings coach Tom Bailey, who coached last year in the MSL Sports All-American game that was held at the Disney Sports Complex in Buena Vista, Fla., had this to say about Ellington.

"Russell is a specimen." Coach Bailey said. "He's not as athletic as (Supo) Sanni but he might have a higher ceiling. Russell has great physical tools and athletic ability.

"We're talking about a young man that hasn't even been in a weight-room because of basketball. Once he concentrates on football and gives it 100% of his attention and dedication, he'll be a world beater."

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