Gavin Ellis Pulls the Trigger

Gavin Ellis was unheard of outside of Cullman County before this season started, but that quickly changed as the Bearcats went through the regular season undefeated and carried that momentum into the 5A quarter-finals. Ellis was a huge part of the Bearcats' success this season putting up huge numbers in the passing game.

In Gavin's final game as a Bearcat he caught 16 passes for 165 yards against 5A state runner up, Briarwood Christian. Ellis ended his senior campaign with 83 catches for 1,263 yards and 16 touchdowns. That was good enough to earn him 1st team All-State honors.

Gavin has recently been talking with several schools including Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis and a host of Division II schools seeking his services. But, the one school that started recruiting him early was Troy, and Gavin has rewarded their loyalty by giving the Trojans a commitment to play football. He talked with about his decision Tuesday night.

"I committed to Troy," Gavin Ellis said from his home in Cullman, (Ala.) "I took my official visit there this weekend and I really liked it. I like the coaches, the facilities, the dorms and the small town atmosphere."

"My grandparents live about 20 minutes away, which was a big part in my decision. I have grown up visiting that area. It is like a second home to me. I know the area well."

"On my visit we pretty much ate the entire time. Every time you turned around they were feeding you again," Gavin jokingly stated. "We also toured the campus and got to see everything I needed to see. I got to meet some of the other recruits and players while I was there and they were all very nice."

"My host was Tanner Jones, and we got along real good. He was the backup quarterback there last year, so it was good getting to talk to him."

While Troy might have gotten the steal of the class with a grayshirt offer they weren't the only team ready to offer the 6-6.5, 220-pound wide receiver.

"Memphis has talked to me and said they were going to offer me, but I'm comfortable with my decision to attend Troy. I wasn't sure about the grayshirt offer in the beginning, but I think it's going to end up being a good thing for me. I get to use the year to get stronger and learn the offense."

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